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The picturesque cathedral city of Winchester, Hampshire's county town, has a history dating back to Roman times.

The most prominent landmark in the city is its imposing cathedral - the longest in Europe and one of the largest in Britain - which was originally constructed in the eleventh century with further architectural additions made in the following centuries. It is a truly spectacular Gothic edifice with an awe-inspiring interior space and impressive examples of stained glass windows wherever you look. The cathedral is also the last resting place for many former English monarchs, Bishops and even author Jane Austen, as well as the shrine of St Swithun.

Surrounding the cathedral are a number of other historic buildings that reflect the important role of Winchester as a centre for pilgrimage, such as the thirteenth century Deanery. In fact the city is quite simply packed with ancient architecture for the visitor to enjoy.

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