Home to the world's largest fan vault, King's College Chapel is one of the finest examples of late Perpendicular Gothic English architecture. This chapel to King's College of the University of Cambridge houses some of the finest medieval stained glass in the world, created by Flemish artisans from 1515 to 1531. A glance above the altar reveals a masterpiece: "The Adoration of the Magi," originally painted by Rubens in 1634. The Renaissance rood screen, erected in 1532 by King Henry VIII, creates a striking contrast to the Perpendicular Gothic chapel. This active house of worship is home to the King's College Choir due to its splendid acoustics. Hours differ depending on the college term and special events that may close the doors. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to King's College Chapel by using our Cambridge trip planning site .
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My nephew is studying at Cambridge university and showed me this place. Well worth a visit absolutely stunning place with incredible history. Will go back soon. more »
Kings College chapel is probably one of the best visits you can do in Cambridge. Even if you are not very interested in history of the town and its colleges, or architecture, this building is an amazi... more »
We visited the Chapel. You have to purchase tickets in the shop across the street from the main entrance to Kings College. It is quite expensive considering that you are only able to visit the Chapel and no where else within. Hence 4 stars. But the Chapel itself is very beautiful and has a lot of history. It’s interesting that it took the reigns of three Kings for it to be completed. Finally being ready in the reign of Henry VIII. I also enjoyed the stained glass exhibition that explained how they made the glass.
So often I am disappointed with tourist 'must dos' but not here, not with this. We got here early on a Thursday morning and were the first inside the chapel. It took my breath away. I've seen a lot of beautiful churches all over the world, and this is up there with the best of the best. The fan vaulted ceiling is truly awe inspiring and the stained glass windows, which have been there since Tudor times, bathe the main hall in colourful light. There side corridors have lots of interesting plaques and information about the history of the place and are worth reading, but I do recommend just taking it all in first and getting some photos before the crowds descend.
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