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The Priory church of St Marie Overie at Southwark is at least 900 years old and one of the few surviving churches of the great monasteries, including Westminster Abbey.
The church became a cathedral in 1905 and the cleaning in 2000 has helped to make it the iconic landmark it has now become.
Inside Southwark Cathedral
You are free to wander around the building, when there are no services taking place, and some popular things to see include the Shakespeare Memorial and Shakespeare Window in the Nave South Aisle, plus the Wanamaker Tablet - a memorial tablet to Sam Wanamaker who created the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre nearby.
In the North Choir Aisle look for the Humble Monument which featured wooden figures of Richard Humble and his two wives. Close by there's the brightly-painted John Trehearne monument.
There is a shop and the Southwark Cathedral Refectory to visit too.
Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, London SE1 9DA
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