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  1. On July 9 1984, the people of which English city saw flames engulfing the roof of its massive cathedral?
  2. Which cathedral held the title of world's tallest building for 238 years until its spire collapsed in 1548?
  3. St Giles' Cathedral is in which city?
  4. Which cathedral would you visit to see both the largest library of chained books in the world and the famous medieval Mappa Mundi?

  5. Thomas Becket was murdered in which cathedral in 1170?
  6. Which French cathedral sustained serious damage on 15 April 2019 when its roof caught fire?
  7. Which German cathedral, one of the country's most visited attractions, was the tallest building in the world between 1880 and 1884?
  8. Which city's St Michael's cathedral remains a ruined shell after its bombing during the Second World War?
  9. Which cathedral has had the tallest church spire in the UK since 1549 and also houses the world's oldest working clock?
  10. In the 12th Century Pope Calixtus II declared which cathedral in Wales to be a place of pilgrimage?
  11. What is unique about Lichfield Cathedral, Truro Cathedral and St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh?
  12. Which city's cathedral is the largest religious building in the UK?
  13. After the Great Fire of London the task of designing the new St Pauls Cathedral was given to which architect?
  14. Which cathedral was built in Moscow between 1555 and 1561 by Ivan the Terrible?
  15. It's claimed there are more statues on which European city's gothic-style cathedral than any other building in the world?
  16. The tomb of the Venerable Bede can be seen in the Galilee Chapel in which cathedral?
  17. Which cathedral in North Wales is reputed to be the smallest ancient Cathedral in the UK?
  18. Who was buried in Winchester Cathedral on 24 July 1817?
  19. Which cathedral was used in the Harry Potter movies as a stand-in for Hogwarts?
  20. The term Paddy’s Wigwam is a nickname given to which city's Metropolitan Cathedral?
  21. Sir Basil Spence designed which city's new cathedral, which was consecrated on 25 May 1962?
  22. St Anne's Cathedral is a cathedral in which UK city?
  23. The tomb of St. Mungo is in the crypt of which British cathedral?
  24. Built between 1175 and 1490, which Somerset cathedral has been described as "the most poetic of the English Cathedrals"?
  25. Which British city has two cathedrals, St Chad's and St Philip's?


  1. York (York Minster)
  2. Lincoln Cathedral
  3. Edinburgh
  4. Hereford Cathedral
  5. Canterbury Cathedral
  6. Notre-Dame
  7. Cologne Cathedral
  8. Coventry's
  9. Salisbury Cathedral
  10. St Davids Cathedral
  11. All have three spires
  12. Liverpool Cathedral
  13. Sir Christopher Wren
  14. Saint Basil's Cathedral
  15. Milan Cathedral (Duomo di Milano)
  16. Durham Cathedral
  17. St Asaph Cathedral
  18. Jane Austen
  19. Gloucester Cathedral
  20. Liverpool's
  21. Coventry Cathedral
  22. Belfast
  23. Glasgow
  24. Wells Cathedral
  25. Birmingham