Ely Cathedral. The Presbytery.
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Ely Cathedral. The Presbytery.

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Ely Cathedral.  Sometimes known as the Ship of the Fens, since it seems to rise out of the often mist covered flat Fens.  This Panorama is centred in the Presbytery which was built in the 13th century to house the shrine of the founder, St Ethelreda.  The Choir and of course the Octagon soaring above all at the Crossing.

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Text by Steve Smith.

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