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Alban: Britain's First Saint

St Albans Cathedral is investing over £7 million in a major development project which will reveal the importance of Alban and raise the profile of the Cathedral built in his honour. 

Ever since Alban was martyred on this site 1700 years ago, St Albans Abbey, now Cathedral, has played a significant role in our nation’s history. Today, our Cathedral welcomes the largest regular congregation of any English Cathedral and is at the heart of the thriving local community. Yet its story, as the longest site of Christian worship in the UK and the home of Britain’s first saint, is widely unknown.

This transformational project will bring recognition of the importance of this special place. Revealing the story of Alban, and drawing on the remarkable physical survivals of the medieval shrines of Alban and Amphibalus, the unique 13th century wall paintings and striking architecture, this project will deliver:

  • an innovate new interpretation and activity programme
  • a redeveloped Learning Centre
  • updated visitor facilities, including improved physical access
  • a new Welcome Centre

Together these elements will enhance the learning and experience of all our visitors and change the way people engage with the nationally significant heritage of the Cathedral.

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