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Chichester Cathedral

Approx 0.1 miles from the centre of Chichester

Chichester Cathedral holds a remarkable collection of art dating from as early as the twelfth century. Among features of particular interest are the Chichester Reliefs, two carved stone panels depicting part of the story of the raising of Lazarus. They are regarded as outstanding examples of pre-gothic sculpture, unique in English architecture.

Two Tudor paintings by Lambert Barnard and portraits of past bishops and the King and Queens of England enlighten the transepts: fragments of his ceiling paintings have also survived. The cathedral treasury contains a fine collection of church plate, furnishings and vestments from many parishes in the dioceses as well as the cathedral's own collection.

One of the distinguishing features of Chichester Cathedral is the use of modern works of art to invigorate the space. This idea, initiated by bishop George Bell in the early 1950s, was largely put into effect by Walter Hussey during his deanship between 1955-77. Works on display include 'The Baptism of Christ' by Hans Feibusch, 'Noli me Tangere' by Graham Sutherland, a tapestry by John Piper and a stain glass window by Marc Chagall.

Dean Walter Hussey bequethed his personal collection of work to the city of Chichester in 1985. His collection of 20th century art can be seen at Pallant House Gallery.