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A View of Ely Cathedral
A View of Ely Cathedral

The Ship of the Fens

History & Heritage

The Cathedral dominates the low-lying countryside in which it is set and is a well-loved landmark for many miles around.

Ely Cathedral seen from the SW
Ely Cathedral seen from the SW
Photo Sam Lawrence

"Wherever you went in the Fen country you had only to look up and see it there, riding the sky like a great ship"

The South entrance to the Cathedral
The South entrance to the Cathedral
Watercolour painting by Albert Goodwin,
1908, courtesy of the Tate Gallery, London

For centuries people have come to Ely as pilgrims, seeking God's guidance, praying for healing, come to give thanks or ask for forgiveness.

What draws you to Ely Cathedral? What do you hope to find here?

'How awesome is this place! this is none other than the House of God. And this is the Gate of Heaven.' Genesis 28:17