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    King's College

    by Tom_Fields Updated Dec 24, 2005

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    This is probably the most famous, most visited of all the colleges at Cambridge University. The chapel is the most recognizable building, which many people readily identify with this old university town.

    Founded by King Henry VI in 1441, King's College has had several major periods of construction. During its long, storied history, the College has had numerous distinguished graduates, including Alan Turing (who played a key role in developing the electronic computer), writer E.M. Forster, and economist John Maynard Keynes.

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    by Aliseeya Written Dec 1, 2005

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    I went to King's Chapel, and while the interior was beautiful, it was rather dull unguided. I spent about 15-20 walking around, and then I was ready to leave. However, I think that if you did get a guided tour it would be much more interesting.

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    King's College

    by vichatherly Written Nov 16, 2005

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    The Chapel, King's College

    King's is one of the oldest Cambridge colleges, having been founded in 1441 by Henry VI. It is also Cambridge's premier tourist attraction, due above all to its spectacular Perpendicular chapel.

    The chapel dominates the college and took over a century to build and was completed in 1547.

    We saw it up close and personal and also whilst having a relaxing punt on the Cam.

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    Kings College Chapel

    by nhcram Written Apr 15, 2005

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    Inside of the chapel

    The first stone of the chapel was laid by Henry 6th in 1441 and was completed in the first part of the 16th century. The ceiling is of a fan-vaulted design and the intricate lacy pattern is beautiful. We were lucky enough to be there while the Kings College choir was practising for the filming of a concert.

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    Kings College Chapel - 1

    by alucas Updated Apr 10, 2005

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    Kings College Chapel - The Classic View

    The Chapel is famous across the world for the annual service of Nine Lessons and Carols telling the Christmas Story. King’s was founded in 1441 by the pious Henry VI, but was halted when England fell into Civil War – the Wars of the Roses. Work continued in the reign of Richard III and the chapel was finally completed under the Tudor Kings Henry VII and VIII.

    Entry is GBP 4.50 (Easter 2005), and is worth every penny. The entrance enables you to visit the college as well as the chapel. For an additional GBP 2.00 there is an audio guide about the chapel.

    Visiting the Chapel on Easter Saturday we were fortunate in some ways and in others not so lucky. First, we were lucky to get in at all, as the Chapel was closing early for a concert, but there was a rehearsal going on for the concert that evening which filled the chapel with sound.

    As it was Easter Saturday the altar was clear and the shutters covering “The Adoration of the Magi” by Rubens which hangs over the alter were closed. This was a pity, but gives us an excuse for another visit !

    If you have the chance to visit Cambridge, do try and visit the Chapel. Its beauty is unforgettable. See my other tips for some information on the interior.

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    King's College Chapel - 2 - the interior

    by alucas Updated Apr 10, 2005

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    King's College Chapel - Fan Vaulting

    The first thing to strike you when entering the Chapel is the space and light. The architectural style is uncompromising: the walls soar 90 feet to the fantastic fan vaulting of the stone ceiling – the largest of its type in the world – completed in 1515 in just three years. The weight of the vaulting and roof is borne by eleven stone buttresses on either side of the college. In this way large areas of what would otherwise be walls can be devoted to the vast stained glass windows through which sunlight pours filling the Chapel with light.

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    King's College Chapel - 4 - The Screen

    by alucas Written Apr 10, 2005

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    Kings College Chapel - The Screen

    The great screen of dark oak which divides the chapel into the Choir and Antechapel was also a gift from Henry VIII. The screen bears the entwined initials of Henry and Anne Boleyn, his second Queen, thus dating it between 1533 and 1536. (The woman for whom the King “turned the world upside down” breaking with the church of Rome and establishing the Protestant Church was Queen for a mere three years).

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    King's College Chapel - 3 - the windows

    by alucas Written Apr 10, 2005

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    Kings College Chapel - Windows

    All the windows, except the West Window (which is Victorian), were completed in the reign of Henry VIII. The upper levels show scenes from the Old Testament such as The Temptation of Eve and the lower levels show the New Testament stories of the life of Christ.

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    KINGS COLLEGE

    by BerniShand Written Mar 28, 2005

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    the chapel at Kings

    Many people in the UK are familiar with the inside of Kings College chapel, even those who have never visited Cambridge, as every year at Christmas there is a televised carol service from there

    the chapel houses the largest collection of medieval stained glass in the world, this was removed during WWII in case it was damaged in a bombing raid, unfortunately no-one thought to catalogue it, so replacing it became someting of a jigsaw puzzle, the irony of this is that Cambridge was not bombed during the war after all

    entry to view the college is £4, but the college is closed to visitors during exam times in late spring, check the web site for details

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    King's College

    by ChrisAlexander Updated Feb 28, 2005

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    King's College

    Seat of learning,spires and the wonderful old tree in the grounds at the front of the college.
    If you're like me and not brainy enough to enter the college academically then you can always take a guided tour or stroll around the grounds (after paying the entrance fee).

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    Kings and Queens

    by Elena_007 Updated Feb 23, 2005

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    Kings College Chapel,Cambridge

    Kings College Chapel took over a century to build, and was completed in 1547. According to the web site:

    It costs the College £1,000 a day to keep the Chapel open for services. Over and above this is the expense of maintaining and repairing the fabric of the Chapel building, its glass, its organ and its furnishings. It is not generally recognised that the College bears these expenses unaided.

    If you would like to make a donation, please see the web site for details, and if you are an American, giving could be a new experience for you. If you are a US tax payer, there is an option for tax efficient giving from America. Wow, tax efficient giving. What a concept! (We call it tax-deductible, instead.) Efficiency seems more reasonable, in my opinion. Live and learn.

    That is all I can tell you about Kings College, because all I did was take this photograph whilst punting on the Cam. I am just glad the guide pointed out that I could take a much better photo on the way back, and he was right!

    There is a Queens College as well, and that is coming up next ...

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    King's College: an overview

    by aliante1981 Written Sep 19, 2004

    This one is about one of the few colleges open to public these days, and there are plenty things to see:

    - The Fellows' Building
    - Henry VI's Statue
    - The Chapel
    - The Altarpiece by Rubens
    - The Screen
    - Crown and Tudor Rose
    - Stained Glass Windows
    - Oragn
    - Side chapels
    - College's Main Entrance

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    King's College Chapel

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Mar 21, 2004

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    Karen in front of Kings College Chapel

    The Kings College Chapel, with it's lacy stone fan vaulting and soaring stained windows, has been called one of the great rooms in architecture.

    Perhaps the Kings Chapel Choir which sings in this magnificent old structure is even more famous than the chapel itself. At least it was with me. I had heard recordings of the choir many many years before I ever came to England. Seeing the awe- inspiring place from which comes some of the world's greatest classical choral music made the visit an especially meaningful one.

    It's a bit humbling as an American to ask the age of such a splendid structure and to learn that it dates back to before even the first log hut was ever erected by European settlers in the New World. The cornerstone of Kings Chapel was laid by King Henry VI, on the Feast of St. James, 25 July 1446. The King, who was only 19-years-old at the time, is known today as the "Royal Saint." The chapel took 101 years to complete, in 1547.

    The choir also owes its existence to Henry VI who envisaged the daily singing of services in his magificent chapel. There is also the Kings College Chapel Shop, which offers gifts, souvenirs, CDs, and tapes of their world famous choir.

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    King's College

    by Travelchili Updated Dec 7, 2003

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    King's College is probably one of the most visited Colleges in Cambridge. Why? Because of its magnificent Perpendicular chapel and the surrounding buildings. On the photo you can see the Gatehouse and the Front Gate to the College. Also, you can see the beautiful Front Court fountain.

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    King's College Chapel

    by Travelchili Written Dec 7, 2003

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    King's College Chapel

    First stone laid to this chapel took place in July 25, 1446 by King Henry VI and this beautiful English Gothic chapel was finished by 1515. The interior space is 290 feet long and 40 feet wide. The large space inside gives a huge acoustic, particularly suitable for choral and organ music.

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