Ely Cathedral is located about 30 minutes drive north of Cambridge.
The first Christian building on the site was founded by St. Etheldreda, daughter of the Anglo-Saxon King Anna of East Anglia, who was born in 630. After the end of her second marriage in 673 she set up and ruled a monastery at Ely. When she died, a shrine was built there to her memory. The monastery is traditionally believed to have been destroyed in the Danish invasions of the late 9th century, however, while the lay settlement of the time would have been a minor one, it is likely that a church survived there until its refoundation in the 10th century.
The present cathedral was started by Abbot Simeon 1083 at the time when England was ruled by William I. Building was completed 292 years later in 1375.
The west tower - which can be seen in this picture is the cathedral's highest point and is 66m high. The cathedral is known locally as "the ship of the Fens", because of its prominent shape that towers above the surrounding flat and watery landscape.
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