Event: Church/monastery/minster foundation/dedication/restorationÆlfheah 44.construction of crypts

Scholarly Info
Description Ælfheah 44 added hidden crypts to the Old Minster church.
Primary Source Info
Original Text ... occultas studuistis et addere criptas

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*Wulfstan describes the crypts as being divided up into compartments which were open at the top but dark within and only in daytime were the compartments illuminated. Each compartment housed an altar and relics and Lapidge suggests that the structure resembled a 'ring-crypt'.

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