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The nave of Durham Cathedral, showing the earliest vaulted ceiling in England.

Durham Cathedral was founded in AD 1093 and is the seat of the Anglican Bishop of Durham. The cathedral is regarded as one of the finest examples of Norman architecture and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with nearby Durham Castle, which faces it across Palace Green. Durham Cathedral occupies a strategic position on a promontory high above the River Wear.

The present cathedral replaced the 10th century "White Church", built as part of a monastic foundation to house the shrine of Saint Cuthbert of Lindisfarne. Its treasures include relics of St Cuthbert, the head of St Oswald of Northumbria and the remains of the Venerable Bede. There are daily Church of England services at the Cathedral, with the Durham Cathedral Choir singing daily except Mondays and when the choir is on holiday. The cathedral is a major tourist attraction within the region, the central tower of 217 feet (66 m) giving views of the City of Durham and the surrounding area.