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St John the Baptist's Church

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Address: Chester, England
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Interesting historical church, eclectic bookshop, little cafe

This church was once Chester's cathedral, and is now partly ruined. So there's plenty of history to take in (the organ was used at a coronation!), and a useful little guide you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This church was once Chester's cathedral, and is now partly ruined. So there's plenty of history to take in (the organ was used at a coronation!), and a useful little guide you can read that points out key things of interest. Look out for the medieval coffin high in the ruins! Additionally, the church is working quite hard to look... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having descended from the city walls to look at the Roman Garden and the amphitheatre we decided to take a stroll around and in this church too as it was so close and free. The attendant was helpful and informative and the stained glass was beautiful. Partially in ruins the church has an interesting history.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dating back to 689, Chester's 1st ever Cathedral from 1075 to 1102, used as a Parliamentarian gun emplacement in 1645, this church is free to visit and it is right by the park and "Lost Coliseum". Well worth a visit.

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Thank Jabwoy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I often pop in to look for books that they sell really cheaply. It's s great church. You can have a cup of tea and cake then stroll around looking at the wonderful stained glass and building. Truly a wonder of architecture

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Thank Hcat4
Chester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

Next to the Roman Amphitheatre it was a Saxon Minster in 689 and Chester 1st Cathedral between 1075 and 1102, it was used as a gun tower during the English Civil War 1642-46, its fee to go in and there is a small coffee shop. Worth a visit.

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Wangaratta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

It was not our intention to visit the St John the Baptist's Church but my wife love of her camera and photos brought us to the church. We were impressed by the attendant who told us a little of the history. Not at all pushy like some churches and cathedrals. Worth the visit.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

This is the previous cathedral for Chester. It's very cute, open every day and there are people who will show you around for free. It's built on the location of a previous cathedral that is now in ruins, so it's a new church nestled in the ruins of a cathedral.

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Harrogate, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016 via mobile

This place gives a great insight into the past and allows you to visualise not only the importance of the church but the power and status the church had.Its great to see at least some of the original buildings remain for all to see and admire The walls,church and amphitheatre make a really good walk round

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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016

Had been here before in our previous visits to Chester but showing the site to our grown children was a distinct pleasure. This church has a certain spirit that transports you back to early times, a different era. It has a beautiful stained glass window and various artifacts from Roman times. The church itself is a model of different architectural... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016 via mobile

Felt like a bit of a tardis, seemed a lot bigger inside than it looked from the outside. Really enjoyed looking around it, once again (as in a lot of places in Chester) it has an awful lot of history rolled into it :-)

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