King’s College Chapel – One of the great treasures of world architecture in Cambridge

A part of the University of Cambridge, it is considered one of the finest examples of late Perpendicular Gothic English architecture. The Chapel is an active house of worship, and home of the King’s College Choir.

The foundation stone of the Chapel was laid on the feast of St James, 25 July 1446, by the King Henry VI of England. The College having been begun in 1441.

The Chapel features the world’s largest fan vault, constructed between 1512 and 1515 by master mason John Wastell / Image source

The Chapel was built in phases by a succession of kings of England from 1446 to 1515, a period which spanned the Wars of the Roses and three subsequent decades. Reginald Ely was most likely the architect of the chapel of King’s College and worked there since Henry laid the first stone.

King’s College Chapel is a landmark and a commonly used symbol of the city of Cambridge / Image: memolands.com
The windows of King’s College Chapel are some of the finest in the world from their era. There are 12 large windows on each side of the Chapel, and larger windows at the east and west ends / Image: memolands.com

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