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Leicester Cathedral, or St Martin's Church is an Anglican cathedral in the English city of Leicester, and the seat of the Bishop of Leicester. The term Anglican describes those people and churches following the religious traditions of the Church of England, especially following the Reformation. ... A cathedral is a Christian church building, specifically of a denomination with an episcopal hierarchy (such as the Roman Catholic Church or the Anglican churches), which serves as the central church of a bishopric. ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Ethnicity... Leicester (pronounced ) is the largest city in the English East Midlands, on the River Soar. ... The Bishop of Leicester is the Ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Leicester in the Province of Canterbury. ...

 The exterior of St Martin's Church before the major modifications
The exterior of St Martin's Church before the major modifications
 The exterior of St Martin's Church today
The exterior of St Martin's Church today
 The medieval style interior of St Martin's Church
The medieval style interior of St Martin's Church
 The glorious East Window
The glorious East Window


A church called St Martin's has been on the site for about a thousand years, being first recorded in 1086, when the older Saxon church was replaced by a Norman one. The present building dates to about that age, with the addition of a spire, and various restorations throughout the years. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1280x960, 627 KB)my photo of information board at leicester cathedral File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1280x960, 627 KB)my photo of information board at leicester cathedral File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... This is a photo of St Martins Church, aka Leicester Cathedral, in Leicester, England. ... This is a photo of St Martins Church, aka Leicester Cathedral, in Leicester, England. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1280x960, 627 KB)my photo of Leicester cathedral File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1280x960, 627 KB)my photo of Leicester cathedral File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (960x1280, 623 KB)my photo of WW1 window at leicester cathedral File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (960x1280, 623 KB)my photo of WW1 window at leicester cathedral File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Events Domesday Book is completed in England Emperor Shirakawa of Japan starts his cloistered rule Imam Ali Mosque is rebuilt by the Seljuk Malik Shah I after being destroyed by fire. ... This article is about the Saxons, a Germanic people. ... Norman may refer to: The Norman language The Norman people Norman architecture, the Romanesque architecture erected by the Normans. ...


The tomb of King Richard III is located in the central nave of the church although, according to local tradition, he is not actually buried there. He was originally buried in the Greyfriars Church in Leicester, but his corpse was exhumed under orders from Henry VII and cast into the River Soar. A tomb is a small building (or vault) for the remains of the dead, with walls, a roof, and (if it is to be used for more than one corpse) a door. ... King Richard III (2 October 1452 – 22 August 1485) was the King of England from 1483 until his death and the last king from the House of York. ... Henry VII (January 28, 1457 – April 21, 1509), King of England, Lord of Ireland (August 22, 1485 – April 21, 1509), was the founder of the Tudor dynasty and is generally acknowledged as one of Englands most insidious kings. ... The river in Leicester The River Soar is a tributary of the River Trent in the English East Midlands. ...


The church was elevated to a Collegiate Church in 1922, and made a Cathedral in 1927, with the recreation of the Diocese of Leicester. 1922 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... 1927 was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ...


The magnificent East Window was installed as a monument to those that died in World War 1. Its traditional style and masterful use of reds sets the whole cathedral ablaze in the mornings. The highest window contains a sun-like orb with cherubs radiating away from it. In the centre Jesus sits holding a starry heaven in one hand with one foot on a bloody hell. Surrounding Jesus are 8 Angels whose wings are made from a glorious red glass. This 11th-century portrait is one of many images of Jesus in which a halo with a cross is used. ...


To the far right stands St Martin who stands on the tail of a dragon. The dragon goes behind Jesus and can be seen re-emerging under the feet of St George who stands on its head. St. ...


On the bottom row can be seen from left St Joan of Arc, Mary, Jesus with crying angels, Mary Magdalene, James and finally St Martin of Tours. Image of Joan of Arc, painted between 1450 and 1500 (Centre Historique des Archives Nationales, Paris, AE II 2490). ... Mary is a popular name worldwide originally derived from the ancient Egyptian word Mery meaning beloved, and is the most popular name for a female in the United States. ... Mary Magdalene is described, both in the canonical New Testament and in the New Testament apocrypha, as a follower of Jesus. ... James */dʒeɪmz/ is a popular name worldwide, and the most popular name for a male in the United States. ... Statue of Saint Martin cutting his cloak in two. ...


The keen eyed will spot that somewhere in this window is a World War 1 soldier.


External links

  • Official website

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St Martin's Cathedral Leicester (852 words)
Although St Martin's is one of England's smallest cathedrals, it is not without beauty.
Long regarded as Leicester's civic church, it was elevated to the status of a
Cathedral on the reconstitution of the Leicestershire Diocese in 1927.
Wikinfo | Leicester (1021 words)
Leicester is home to two universities, the University of Leicester (Royal Charter 1957) and De Montfort University (founded 1992 from Leicester Polytechnic), and has an Anglican cathedral of St Martin's.
Leicester is one of the oldest cities in England - and was founded in AD 50 by the Romans, who named it Ratae Coritanorum, named after the Corieltauvi, the Celtic tribe that dwelt in the area before they arrived.
After Leicester became a city in 1919, the city council applied to add to the arms, permission for which was granted in 1929, when the supporting lions, from the Lancastrian Earls of Leicester, were added.
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