The Cathedral Church of Christ, Blessed Mary the Virgin and St Cuthbert of Durham, commonly known as Durham Cathedral and home of the Shrine of St Cuthbert, is a cathedral in the city of Durham, England. It is the seat of the Bishop of Durham, the fourth-ranked bishop in the Church of England hierarchy. The present cathedral was begun in 1093, replacing the Saxon ‘White Church’, and is regarded as one of the finest examples of Norman architecture in Europe. In 1986 the cathedral and Durham Castle were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Durham Cathedral consecrated
Bishop Aldhun, the first Bishop of Durham, consecrated a cathedral at the location where the remains of St. Cuthbert had been relocated to. The remains were at Lindisfarne and were moved because of the danger of Viking raids.
Durham Cathedral begun
Durham Cathedral was the first building in Western Europe with ribbed vaulting in the ceiling.
1099 (to 1128)
Nave at Durham constructed
Construction of the nave at Durham Cathedral began in 1099 and lasted until 1128.
Flambard is made Bishop of Durham
Ranulf Flambard is made the Bishop of Durham by William Rufus.
1133 (to 1140)
Durham Cathedral Chapter house
Construction of the Chapter house at Durham Cathedral was begun in 1133 and continued until 1140.
1170 (to 1175)
The Galilee porch at Durham is built
The Galilee porch on the West front of Durham Cathedral was built between 1170 and 1175.
1242 (to 1280)
Chapel of the Nine Altars
The Chapel of the Nine Altars in built on the east end of Durham Cathedral between 1242 and 1280.
Wolsey become Bishop of Durham
As Bishop of Durham, Thomas Wolsey's power and influence inreased greatly.