Wells Cathedral is a Church of England place of worship in Wells,
Somerset, dedicated to St Andrew the Apostle, and is the seat of the
Bishop of Bath and Wells. The present building dates from 1175 to 1490,
an earlier church having been built on the site in 705. With its broad
west front and large central tower, it is the city's dominant feature
and a landmark in the Somerset countryside. Its architecture is entirely
Gothic, mostly of the late 12th and early 13th centuries, differing from
most other English medieval cathedrals, which have parts in the earlier
Romanesque style. The historian John Harvey considers it to be the first
truly Gothic structure in Europe. The Early English Gothic façade
displays more than three hundred sculpted figures, and is described by
Harvey as "the supreme triumph of the combined plastic arts in England".
The eastern end retains much ancient stained glass, which is rare in
England. Wells has an exceptional number of surviving secular buildings
associated with its chapter of secular canons, such as the Bishop's
Palace and the Vicars' Close, a residential street which has remained
intact from the 15th century. The cathedral is a scheduled monument and
is designated as a Grade I listed building.
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