Durham’s UNESCO World Heritage Site was inscribed by the World Heritage Committee in 1986 and comprises Durham Cathedral and Castle and the buildings between them.
The Cathedral was built in the late 11th and early 12th centuries to house the relics of St Cuthbert, evangelizer of Northumbria, and the Venerable Bede. It attests to the importance of the early Benedictine monastic community and is the largest and finest example of Norman architecture in England. The innovative audacity of its vaulting foreshadowed Gothic architecture. Beside the Cathedral stands the Castle, an ancient Norman fortress which was the residence of the prince-bishops of Durham.
Five key aspects of the Site are recognised as being of Outstanding Universal Value:
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