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Address: Benet Street, Cambridge CB2 3PT, England
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St Bene't's (St. Benedicts) Church predates the Norman conquest of England...

St Bene't's (St. Benedicts) Church predates the Norman conquest of England in 1066, and features the Anglo-Saxon tower (circa 1025AD,) which is the oldest building in Cambridgeshire.

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Peaceful, ancient church in the heart of Cambridge

The tower of St. Bene't's, rising out of a delightful, flowery churchyard, is the oldest bit of building in the city, predating the Norman Conquest. Inside you'll find a highly... read more

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Maplewood, New Jersey
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The tower of St. Bene't's, rising out of a delightful, flowery churchyard, is the oldest bit of building in the city, predating the Norman Conquest. Inside you'll find a highly atmospheric ancient church with a vital living faith tradition. Join the parishioners for a peaceful eucharist every morning at 8AM. Visitors are welcome -- I was!

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

Small and compact, in a quiet corner of Cambridge, this lovely little church is worth the effort of visiting. The oldest church in Cambridgeshire, the arch inside is over 1200 years old.

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Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

This is very old church here.The architecture is very good.The church is worth a visit. The inside and outside pretty and old.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 282 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2016

We came upon this church by accident and how lucky we were to find it. The Saxon arch between the tower and the nave is an absolutely stunning example of building work which is at least 1000 years old. Just to sit in that lovely, peaceful building and realise people have been worshipping here for a millennium is a wonderful... More 

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United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 February 2016 via mobile

St Bene't's Church will be 1000 years old next year, dating from the time of King Cnut. The great Saxon arch stands as sure as it did when built, with carved capitals. Do look for the small mediæval stone altar which was smashed in the storm of Reformation and Revolution. It was rediscovered in the C20th and pieced back together.... More 

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Monza, Italy
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Reviewed 19 August 2015 via mobile

It's the first attraction I've been visiting in Cambridge since my first accomodation (King's College) was in Bene't Street. It seems to be a church like many others in England but actually it is an authentic treasure since it's the oldest church in Cambridge. Neither impressive entrance nor wonderful glasses but worth a visit. I've been three times and I... More 

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Bruges, Belgium
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Reviewed 17 August 2015

Lovely, quiet place to escape city's hustle and bustle. Picturesque entrance with climbing rose and dashes of colour on wooden ceiling. Simply lovely and worth a visit.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 July 2015

Visited this church as part f our walking tour of Cambridge. It was the first attraction we were brought to after leaving the Visitor Centre. We stopped outside in the garden and then popped inside. There was no entry fee or guide/ keeper there it’s just a small church. But what makes this church so special is that its the... More 

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Germany
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Reviewed 14 November 2014

For an American, visiting St. Bene't's was special. With the exception of Taos, Acoma, and scattered Ancient Puebloan dwellings, we don't even have buildings that are as old as this church, which is believed to have been completed around 1020. Parishioners were worshiping here for hundreds of years before the construction of comparable church buildings in the US, mostly in... More 

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Reviewed 28 February 2014

Loved this very old church. It was built in 1020, and is the oldest building in the County. It is a very classic Anglo Saxon building and is a very active Anglican church. Very quite place to visit.

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