The Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Salisbury
Salisbury is unique amongst medieval English cathedrals having been built in just 38 years (1220 - 1258) in a single architectural style, early English Gothic. The tower and spire (Britain's tallest) were added about 50 years later. The building itself is remarkable, a testimony to the faith and practical skills of those who erected it.
But it is much more than a historical monument. It is a living church and a place of prayer. As the Cathedral Church of the Salisbury diocese it is Mother Church of several hundred parishes in Wiltshire and Dorset. It is also a centre of pilgrimage for hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.
Cathedral Mission Statement
Salisbury Cathedral exists to make real the glory and presence of God in the world.
Our commitment is to:
- live out the teachings of Jesus Christ in today's world
- celebrate the presence of God through worship, music and art
- offer a warm welcome to all who come to the Cathedral
- strengthen church and community life in the diocese
- challenge injustice at home and abroad
- promote learning, personal development & spiritual growth
We hope the information on this web site will help you to look at the building with new eyes, to enjoy its history and to experience its atmosphere of worship.
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