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South West View of St Alban's

South West View of St Alban's

Artist: Lievens, John

Medium: Ink on paper

Date: 1635

Shelfmark: K top Vol 15

Item number: 49.a

Length: 10.7

Width: 20.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

View of St Alban's Cathedral in Hertfordshire. In 793 a Benedictine Abbey was founded here by King Offa of Mercia. The Abbey was built on the site of an earlier church or shrine which had been dedicated to St Alban and which was visited by pilgrims from across the country. In 1077 Paul of Caen was appointed Abbot and he rebuilt the Abbey and the surrounding buildings using building materials taken from the ruins of the nearby Roman Verulamium. Pope Adrian IV (the only English Pope), made St Albans the principal Abbey of England. The religious community at the Abbey was dissolved by Henry VIII during the Reformation but the building survived and became a parish church in 1553. In 1877 it became the Cathedral of the diocese of St Albans.

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