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Durham Cathedral

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Durham Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It was built in the late 11th and early 12th centuries to house the relics of St Cuthbert and the Venerable Bede and is the largest and finest example of Norman architecture in England.

Behind the cathedral stands the castle, an ancient Norman fortress which was the residence of the Prince Bishops of Durham.

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