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Durham Cathedral named Heritage Site of the Year

Thu 16 Mar 2017
By Premier Journalist

Durham Cathedral has been named BBC Countryfile Magazine's Heritage Site of the Year.

The cathedral was up against stiff competition from Stonehenge, Rutland Water and Tenby for the prestigious award.

More than 56,000 people took part in the vote for a winner.

Durham Cathedral

 

Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, Dean of Durham, told Premier: "We are thrilled with this; it's a fantastic award and an accolade for the cathedral."

The 11th century cathedral, which is part of the Durham UNESCO World Heritage Site, welcomes more than 750,000 visitors a year.

Rev Andrew said that it was easy to balance being both a popular visitors attraction and a place of worship.

Durham Cathedral - Copyright Design Pic Inc / REX

 

He told Premier: "We love having visitors here. Lots of them will come because it's a beautiful building, world-class architecture with a Romanesque structure.

"But once they come inside the building, the prayers being said over a thousand years seep out through the stones and the stones start to say something back to them about the love of God."

Rev Andrew also said that a visit to Durham Cathedral was vital to understanding the history of the north-east.

"You can't understand the history of the north-east without understanding about the northern saints. St Cuthbert and Bede are buried here - it's a unique inheritance."

Previous winners of the Heritage Site of the Year title include: Hadrian's Wall, Severn Valley Railway and The Lost Gardens of Heligan.

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