Founded in 1446 by Henry VI, this Late Gothic chapel is famed for its fine architecture, rare 16th-century stained glass, exquisite fan vaulting, Renaissance wooden screen, and Rubens altarpiece.

Fan Vault (1508-15)
The famous fan vault of King's College Chapel, by John Wastell, 1508-15. View looking east. Cambridge, England. David Joyal
Location map of King's College Chapel, Cambridge, England. Click to enlarge.
Aerial view of King's College Chapel, Cambridge, England. Click to enlarge.

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King's College Chapel
52.2049110° N, 0.1164080° E map · aerial
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TL 44728 58395
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Listed Building Description

Text courtesy of Historic England. © Crown Copyright, reprinted under the Open Government License.

KING'S COLLEGE 1. 942 Chapel TL 4458 SE 6/267 26.4.50. I 2. The Chapel was built between 1446 and 1515, and the glass was added between 1515 and 1531. The woodwork was made between 1532 and 1575. The building is an outstanding example of the craftsmanship of the period and all the fittings are noteworthy. The fan-vault of the roof was designed and built by John Wastell, master-mason 1512-15. The timber roof was built by Martin Prentice and Richard Russel 1508-15; it is of 24 bays. The East end and altar were remodelled in the general internal restoration of 1968. There are several good C16 doors with fine locks and other iron fittings. C18 font. The windows form one of the finest and most complete sets of late medieval stained glass in Europe. The side-chapel glass is, however, mostly modern. Brass eagle lectern, early C16 with candle sconces added by Butterfield and a base by Rattee in 1854. Organ by Renee Harris, 1688. Screen of magnificent oak carving, 1533-36 with the central doors of 1636... read more

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Place ID
King's College Chapel, Cambridge, England
Added By
Holly Hayes
Date Added
October 8, 2013
Last Updated
May 7, 2022