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LivingLife Magazine - Cathedral Tours - St. Albans

St. Albans Cathedral, a jewel of English ecclesiastical architecture, stands as a testament to centuries of history and faith. Nestled in the heart of the city of St. Albans, Hertfordshire, this majestic structure boasts a rich heritage dating back over a millennium. Originally founded in the 8th century, the cathedral has undergone various renovations and expansions, resulting in a captivating blend of architectural styles, from Romanesque to Gothic.

One of the most remarkable aspects of St. Albans Cathedral is its soaring tower, which reaches towards the heavens (44 metres in heigh), symbolising the aspirations of both the builders and the faithful. While ground-level views offer a glimpse of its grandeur, it's the aerial perspective that truly does justice to its magnificence.

Thanks to advancements in technology, aerial drone photography has revolutionised the way we capture and appreciate architectural marvels like St. Albans Cathedral. These unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) provide photographers with the ability to capture breathtaking images from elevated angles that were once only accessible to birds or aircraft.

From above, the intricate details of the cathedral's façade, the precision of its flying buttresses, and the symmetry of its layout become even more apparent. The sprawling surrounding landscape, including the quaint streets of St. Albans and the lush greenery of Verulamium Park, serves as a picturesque backdrop, further enhancing the visual appeal of the imagery.

Aerial drone photography not only allows us to admire St. Albans Cathedral from a fresh perspective but also serves as a valuable tool for conservation and historical documentation. By capturing detailed aerial images, historians and preservationists can monitor the cathedral's condition over time, ensuring that this architectural masterpiece continues to inspire awe for generations to come.



167.8 metres (551 ft)

Nave length

85 metres (279 ft)

Nave width

23 metres (75 ft)

Width across transepts

58.5 metres (192 ft)


43.9 metres (144 ft)

Nave height

20.2 metres (66 ft)

Number of towers


Tower height

43.9 metres (144 ft)


12 (2010)

Tenor bell weight

21-0-19 (1075kg)

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May 2024

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