Chapel

King's College Chapel is a splendid example of late Gothic (Perpendicular) architecture. It was started in 1446 by Henry VI (1421-71) and took over a century to build. It has the largest fan vault in the world and some of the finest medieval stained glass. It is also the venue for the Christmas Eve service, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, which is broadcast to millions around the world.

Chapel 500 logo

2015 marks the 500th anniversary of the completion of the Chapel stonework. To celebrate this anniversary, the Chapel has organised a series of special events. See the Chapel 500th page and The Sword in the Soul (seven films featuring the Chapel stained glass).

The Chapel plays a central role in College life. It was built as a place of daily worship for the College scholars, and today the Choir still sings Evensong daily during term time.

Support the Chapel

The Chapel of King's College, Cambridge is seeking to build an endowment to support the preservation and maintenance of the Chapel and for specific projects, including refurbishing the great organ. See Support the Chapel.

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