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Mappa Mundi & Chained Library Exhibitions
Ranked #2 of 56 things to do in Hereford
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Owner description: The above website is currently under construction so you might try http://www.herefordwebpages.co.uk/mapmundi.shtml & http://www.herefordcathedral.org/about/archive/chained_library.html also.Thanks,David KennedyAlthough the Mappa Mundi and Chained Library are in the same location as Hereford Cathedral, they have their own purpose-built building and carry a separate admission fee.
Reviewed November 10, 2013

On the day I visited, two helpful staff in the Chained Library were available to patiently answer questions and provide insights into the Library's history and use.

Pondering the Mappa Mundi, on a wall behind glass in a darkened room, allows one to contemplate the minds of Medieval people who considered Jerusalem to be at the world's center, with periphery areas of the world inhabited by bizarre creatures that we now know never existed.

These exhibits were more interesting for me than the cathedral itself.

Thank Agincourt1415
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Reviewed November 9, 2013

It is amazing that this map has lasted in such good condition, considering how it has been kept in past times. It is also printed on vellum which could so easily disintegrate. The exhibition before you get to the map itself is necessary so you can interpret what you see. It was also helpful to have a modern day copy of the map as it would have been, so you can appreciate the colours. There was also a version in English which gave you a clearer idea of what you are seeing

Thank mouseHerts
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Reviewed November 8, 2013

Loved this and the volunteers were so informative and helpful. Spoilt a little bit by noisy children as we couldn't hear the interactive system. Would definitely recommend.

Thank VoniM
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Reviewed November 6, 2013

The Mappa Mundi was a fascinating insight into the medieval mind. Really appreciated the English translation. The Chained Library was remarkable. Names I recognise from history & knowing they had actually written some of those books by hand sent shivers down my spine. Book heaven!

Thank JandMDavies
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Reviewed November 1, 2013

Fascinating map well cared for and displayed. Much background information too, the most useful (to us) was the English translation!
Chained library was more interesting than we initially thought it would be. Most helpful and knowledgeable staff. Beautiful illuminated manuscripts on display.
Well worth the trip and entrance fee.
Do take the opportunity to visit the rest of the cathedral.

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