The Cathedral of Leicester site of King Richard the Third Memorial

  • The Cathedral of Leicester site of King Richard the Third Memorial
    March 20, 2013 6:43 pm,1070 Views



    Leicester Cathedral has made the headlines in recent times thanks to the discovery of the remains of King Richard III found in a car park nearby. However, the church of St Martins existed in the city for nearly a thousand years before the discovery, and hundreds of years before the King were even born.

    In February 2013, DNA testing positively identified the human remains found in a car park in the center of Leicester as those of Richard III, who fell at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, bringing to an end the Wars of the Roses.

    The Church of St Martins became a Cathedral in 1927 and has welcomed visitors each day for worship and to tour the historic building to see artefacts and even more so the Memorial Stone for King Richard III.

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    The Cathedral is a Grade II listed building but it has undergone various restorations over the centuries; including work by the Victorian architects Raphael Brandon. Today the building still retains its largely Gothic style and its upkeep is mainly financed by contributions from it visitors.