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Winchester & King Arthur

Winchester & King Arthur

Winchester is capital of the ancient kingdom of Wessex, the city of Winchester was also the headquarters for the Anglo-Saxon kings until the Norman Conquest.

The city lies at the western end of the South Downs National Park and 60 miles (97 km) south-west of London. Winchester  was the first capital city of England and it remained the most important city until the Norman conquest in the 11th-century. Since that time Winchester has become one of the most expensive areas in the United Kingdom.

There are lots to see and to do in this historical city, but the most visited are Great Hall with King Arthur's Round Table and Winchester Cathedral. And they have reasons to be popular.          

Great Hall and Round Table. One of the first English castles was built here by William the Conqueror. The only surviving part is the Great Hall. This 13th-century Great Hall is the only part of the former Winchester Castle that was spared destruction by Oliver Cromwell in the 17th century and is one of the finest surviving medieval aisled halls in England. On the wall is the iconic  King Arthur's  Round Table, designed in legend by King Arthur, who had it shaped so none of his knights could claim precedence, It was said to have been built by the wizard Merlin but was actually maid in the 13th century. It is now here in Winchester home to legendary Round Table.

Winchester Cathedral.

This magnificent building is one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Europe. The first church was built here in 648, but the present building was begun in 1079 and was originally a Benedictine monastery. Highlights of Cathedral are:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      -Beautiful 12th-century illuminated Winchester Bible.

-Cathedral is the resting place of Saxon Royalty, bishops.

-Jane Austen who died in Winchester in 1817 is buried here as well.

-Intricately carved medieval choir stalls and paintings.

Winchester city is a great place to visit and explore if you history-lover!

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At a glance

  • Activity

    Culture, Sightseeing
  • Address

    Winchester, Hampshire

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