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The growth of monasticism in the early Church was a lay reaction to the perceived departure from original Christian ideals that the Church had undergone in the first few centuries after Christ�s death. However monasticism itself soon became subservient to the Catholic Church.

1415, By the time of the Council of Constance, this year, some 15,070 Benedictine abbeys alone had been established across western Europe.


1707, The Kollegienkirche, Salzburg, was completed after 13 years construction.

1702, The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Salzburg, was finished after 8 years construction.

1614, Salzburg Cathedral was founded.

698, The Monastery of St Peters, Salzburg, Austria, was founded.


1500, Antwerp Cathedral was completed (begun 1352).

651, The Benedictine Monastery at Stavelot, Belgium, was founded.


327, The Monastery of Stavrovouni, Cyprus, was built by order of St Helena, mother of Constantine the Great.


1135, The Monastery of St Peter was founded at Naestved.


18 October1937, Rheims Cathedral was re-consecrated.

1879, The Cathedral of St Stephen at Limoges was finished aftef 603 years construction.

1411, The Celestine monastery at Vichy was founded by Charles VI of France.

1380, The Cathedral of St Etienne, Metz, was completed after 130 years construction.

1345, The Cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris, was completed after 182 years under construction.

1334, Construction of the Palace of the Popes, Avignon, began (completed 1362).

1311, Notre Dame Cathedral, Reims, was completed after 99 years construction.

1268, The Cathedral of Notre Dame, Amiens, was completed after 49 years under construction.

24 October1260, Chartres Cathedral, France, was dedicated in the presence of King Louis IX. It had been under construction for 66 years.

1227, Construction of the Saint Pierre Cathedral, Beauvais, began.

1212, Construction work began on Rheims Cathedral (completed 1311).

1204, The Cistercian Abbey of Port Royal, SW of Paris, was founded by Mahaut de Garlande.

1163, Construction began on Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris (completed 1235).

1155, Senlis Cathedral was founded.

25 October1130, Pope Innocent III dedicated the Abbey Church of Cluny.

1115, Clairvaux Abbey was founded.

21 March1098, C�teaux Abbey was founded; the origin of the Cistercian Order. See 21 March1098 in main section above.

1096, Toulon Cathedral was founded.

1084, The first Carthusian monastery was founded by St Brunoat Chartreuse, in the mountains near Grenoble.

1 July 1067, William the Conqueror dedicated a new abbey church at Jumieges.

1015, Building of Strasbourg Cathedral began.

910, Benedictine Abbey of Cluny founded. It became the largest of its Order in Europe.

660, The Abbey of |Notre Dame at Soissons, 110 km NE of Paris, was founded.

625, Abbey of St Denis founded.

600, Building work commenced on Arles Cathedral,

511, The Convent of St Cesaire, Arles, France, was founded.

430, St Claud Monastery, Jura, was founded.


14 August 1880. Cologne Cathedral was completed; it was begun in 1248 (or 1270/5)

1628, Salzburg Cathedral was completed (begun 1614).

1488, Munich Cathedral founded.

1275, Essen Benedictine monastery was founded.

1137, Mainz Cathedral was completed.

1116, The Cistercian monastery of Eberbach was founded.

1059, Bonn Cathedral begun.

1050, The Benedictine convent at Friedrichshafen was founded.

980, Building of Mainz Cathedral began.

904, Tbe Benedictine Monastery of Luneberg was founded.

873, Essen Benedictine nunnery was founded.

853, Essen Minster founded.

802, The monastery at Munster was founded. St Ludger was the first Bishop (died 809).

796, Aachen Cathedral wasd founded by Charlemagne.

792, Construction of Fulda Cathedral, Germany,began.

764, Benedictine monastery at Ottobeuren, Bavaria, founded.

763, Benedictine monastery at Lorsch, Hesse, founded.

736, The Benedictine Abbey of Hersfeld, Hesse, was founded.


963, The first monastery at Mount Athos was established.


1142, Mellifont Abbey, Drogheda, was founded; the first Cistercians establishment in Ireland.


1460, The Church of St Sebastian, Mantua, was completed.

1450, The Vatican Library was founded.

1434, The Duomo Cathedral Cathedral, Florence, w\as completed after 140 years construction.

1428, The Church of San Lorenzo, Florence, was completed by Filippo Bruneschelli, after 7 years construction.

1386, Milan Cathedral was begun.

1296, Construction of Florence Cathedral began.

1253, The Franciscan Monastery of Assisi was completed.

1187, Verona Cathedral was completed after 48 years of construction.

1184, Modena Cathedral was consecrated after 85 years of construction.

1157, Aderno Monastery, Sicily, was founded.

8 October1094, St Marks Basilica in Venice was consecrated.

8 October1085, The Cathedral of St Marks in Venice was consecrated.

828, St Marks, Venice, founded.

614, Columban founded the Monastery of Bobbio, northern Italy.

13 May 609, The Pantheon in Rome was consecrated as "St. Mary and the Martyrs" (informally known as "Santa Maria Rotonda") by Pope Boniface IV.

529, The Monastery of Monte Casino was founded by St Benedict, founder of the Benedictine Order.

378, Ravenna Cathedral was begun by St Ursus.

330, The first Basilica of St Peter was erected in Rome.It was demolished in 1506 to make way for the present structure.


1147, Lisbon Cathedral built


1561, St Basils Cathedral, Moscow, was completed after 27 years under construction.

1393, Konevetz Monastery, Lake Ladoga, was founded.

960, Valaam Monastery, Lake Ladoga, was founded.


1401, The Cathedral of Seville was founded (completed 1519). It stands on the site of a mosque.

1350, The Cathedrals of Palma (Majorca),was completed.

1324, Burgos Cathedral was consecrated.

1227, Construction work on Toledo Cathedral began.

781, Oviedo Cathedral was first founded (rebuilt 1388-1528).


1289, Uppsala Cathedral, Sweden, was founded.

1264, The oldest church in Stockholm was founded, and dedicated to St Nicholas.


1275, The Cathedral of Notre Dame, Lausanne, was consecrated by Pope Gregory X.

1220, Geneva Cathedral was completed after 60 years of construction.

1027, The Benedictine monastery of Muri was founded (suppressed 1841).

740, St Leodegar monastery, Switzerland, founded.

714, Benedictine Abbey of Reichenau, Lake Contsance, founded.

United Kingdom

1 March1986, Ely Cathedral became the first cathedral in Britain to levy an admission charge.

1895, Construction of the Catholic Cathedral at Westminister began.

14 May 1967. Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King was consecrated.

28 December 1966, Westminster Abbey celebrated its 900th anniversary.

30 May 1962, Coventry�s new Cathedral was inaugurated. The original mediaeval building had been destroyed by German bombers in November 1940.

25 May 1962. Coventry�s new cathedral, designed by Sir Basil Spence, was consecrated.

17 May 1961. Guildford Cathedral was consecrated.

19 July 1924. Liverpool Cathedral was consecrated, although it was not yet finished. Construction had begun in 1904.

28 June 1910. Westminster Cathedral, Catholic, was consecrated.

17 July 1904. The foundation stone of the Anglican Liverpool Cathedral was laid by King Edward VII.

1899, St Annes, Belfast Cathedral, was begun.

29 June 1895, The foundation stone of Westminster Cathedral, London, was laid.

20 May 1840. York Minster was badly damaged by fire.

5 December 1697. The first Sunday service was held in Sir Christopher Wren�s new St Paul�s Cathedral (consecrated 2 December 1697), London; the foundation stone had been laid on 22 June 1675.

23 March1540. The Crown seized Waltham Abbey. It was the last of the great monasteries to be seized by Henry VIII, bringing to an end a four-year campaign that had seen some 550 church properties, with their gold and jewels, pass to the King. The total income from these properties was around �132,000 a year and Henry VIII gave some of this to his supporters.

11/1539, By now, in England, some 550 monastic institutions had been dissolved. Their lands, with an estimated income of �132,000 per annum, had been accrued by the Court of Augmentation to the Crown. Henry VIII had also profited from the sale of former Church gold, silver and lead to the value of �75,000.

30 November 1538, In England, Byland Abbey was dissolved.

1536, The smaller monasteries of England were now being dissolved, with the larger ones following by 1538.

16 October1536, York was occupied by rebels against the takeover of the Church by King Henry VIII. This was the Pilgrimage of Grace (see also Britain) Much of northern England, from Lincolnshire to north Yorkshire, was in uproar at this takeover, the valuation of Church property, the suppression of smaller monasteries, and the cancellation of some Saints day holidays. Led by Robert Aske, rebels seized northern towns. Henry VIII made peace with the rebels and issued a pardon, only to go back on this on a pretext in January 1537 and execute the leaders of the Pilgrimage of Grace, including Aske.

21/1/1535, Henry VIII appointed Cromwell as vice-regent in spiritual or vicar-general. Cromwell now set about assessing the value of England�s monasteries.

See also Great Britain for religious conflicts during 16th century

1460, Winchester Cathedral was completed.

1405, Construction work on Bath Abbey began (completed 1499).

1378, St Machar Cathedral, Aberdeen, founded.

13 February 1322, The central tower of Ely Cathedral in England fell.

1316, England had some 900 religious houses with 17,500 members; in 1216 the total was 700 houses with 13,000 members, and in 1066 just 50 houses with 1,000 monks and nuns. Over this period the population of England had tripled.

1307, The towers of Lincoln Cathedral were completed.

1296, The Priory of Friars of the Holy Trinity was established on Hounslow Heath, Middlesex.

1293, An order of St Clare nuns was established in London, the �Sorores Minores�. Set up by Edmund, Earl of Lancaster, this gave its name to The Minories today.


Westminister Abbey London

19 June 1285. Westminster Abbey completed.

6 July 1245, King Henry III laid the foundation sone for Westminister Abbey, London. The Abbey, first founded two centuries earlier, would be cmploetely rebuilt.

28 December 1065, Westminster Abbey was consecrated.


1273, Sweetheart Abbey (Cistercian), near Dumfries, Scotland, was founded by Devorgilla, Lady of Dumfries,in memory of her late husband, John Balliol.

13 October1269, King Hentry III of England dedicated the Abbey Church at Westminster.

1258, Richmond Friary, Yorkshire (Franciscan), was founded.

29 September 1258. Salisbury Cathedral was consecrated. Construction had begun on 28/4/1220 when the foundation stone was laid..

1238, Inchmahome Priory (Augustinian), Perthshire, was founded.

6 October1238, Peterborough Cathedral was consecrated.

1232, The Augustinian Priory of Selthorne, Hampshire, was founded.

19 June 1224, The foundation stone of Elgin Cathedral was laid.

1204, Beaulieu Abbey (Cistercian), Hampshire, was founded by King John.

1204, Medmenham Abbey, (Cistercian),Buckinghamshire was founded.

1197, Construction work began on Glasgow Cathedral. This replaced an earlier church built in 1136 by Bishop John Achaius, which had burnt down.

1196, Tor Abbey, Torquay, was founded.

1184, A new Cathedral at Canterbury, Kent, was completed after 5 years contruction, replacing the structure in which Thomas a Becket was murdered in, 1170

1182, Bicester Priory (Augustinian) was founded by Gilbert de Basset.

1181, The first Carthusian Monastery in England was founded, at Witham.

1180, The Cathedralof St Davids, Pembrokeshire, was founded.

1178, Lesnes Abbey, Bexley, London, was founded by Richard de Lucy. See London, 1936.

1177, The Augustinian Waltham Abbey was founded.

1170, Newstead Abbey (north of Nottingham) was founded by the Augustinians.

1158, Construction of Oxford Cathedral began.

1161, Dudley Priory (Cluniac) was founded.

1154, Chicksand Priory, Bedfordshire, (Gilbertine) was founded.

1153, Faversham Priory, Kent Benedictine was founded.

1152, Kirkstall Abbey, near Leeds, was founded; originally founded at Barnoldswick in 1147, moved to Kirkstall 5 years later.

1150, A Benedictine Priory was founded at Birkenhead.

1150, The Augustinian priory at Christchurch (Bournemouth) was founded,

1147, Faversham Abbey (Cluniac) founded.

1145, Woburn Abbey (Cistercian) was founded.

1144, St Andrews Priory (Augustinian) was founded.

1142, CoggeshallAbbey (Cistercian) was founded.

1140, Forde Abbey, Dorset, (Cistercian) was founded.

1137, St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkneys, was founded.

1136, The Cistercian Abbey of Melrose was founded by King David I of Scotland.

1134, The Cistercian Abbey of Stratford (east London) was founded. By 1134 there were over 30 Cistercians houses across Europe; by 1154, over 280; and by 1200, over 500. By the 1400s, at their peak, there were some 750 Cistercians houses in existence. They came to exercise a significant influence over Church affairs.

1132. Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire, was founded.

9 May 1131, Tintern Abbey was founded.

1130, Neath Abbey, south Wales, was founded by the Cistercians.

1128, Holyrood Abbey was founded by King David I of Scotland.

1128, Waverley Abbey, near Farnham, was founded; the first Cistercian Abbey in England.

1127, Furness Abbey, originally Benedictine was founded. It became a very wealthy Cistercian house.

1124, Rochester Cathedral, Kent, was completed.

1122. Kenilworth Augustinian monastery, Warwickshire, was founded; it later became an abbey.

18 June 1121, King Henry I of England founded a Benedictine Abbey at Reading, Berkshire.

1119, Guisborough Priory was founded by Robert de Brus. At the time of the reformation this was one of the wealthiest monastic institutions in England.

1212, Southwark Cathedral begun.

1112, Exeter Cathedral was founded.

1106, The Augustinian Priory of St Mary was founded at Southwark (London).

1108, Chichester Cathedral was founded. Built in wood, it burned down in 1114 and was rebuilt in stone in the 1100s. It fell down in 1861 and was again rebuilt, 1865-66.

1104, The Cluniac Priory at Thetford was founded by Bigod.

1103, The Augustinian Priory at Worksop was founded.

1093, Hugh le Gros founded the Benedictine monastery of Chester.

11 August 1093, Construction of Durham Cathedral in England began. It was completed in 1133.

6 May 1092, Lincoln Cathedral was consecrated (begun 1075).

1089, Bermondsey Abbey founded.

1083, The foundations of the present-day Ely Cathedral were laid by its first Norman Abbot, Simeon..

1079, Work began on Hereford Cathedral.

1077, St Albans Abbey rebuilt (see 793). The first Cluniac monastery in England built, at Lewes.

1070, Work began on York Cathedral.

1069, Selby Abbey (Benedictine) was founded.

1066, England now hosted about 10 nunneries and 35 monasteries.

1022, Gloucester Abbey (Benedictine) was founded. Earlier, a nunnery (681) and a monastery (821) had been established in the city.

1018, Buckfast Abbey was founded.

974, A Benedictine monastery was founded at Eynesbury, near St Neots.

970, Ely Abbey refounded (first founded 670), by the Benedictines.

See also Great Britain

966, Worcester Cathedral was founded by St Oswald.

961, Tavistock Abbey (Benedictine) was founded by Ordgar, Eoldorman of Devon.

938, Aethelstan founded Milton Abbey, Dorset.

932, Aethelstan founded Exeter Monastery (Benedictine).

888, Athelney Abbey (Benedictine), Somerset, was founded by King Alfred.

793, St Albans Abbey (Benedictine) was founded by Offa, King of Mercia. This Abbey was rebuilt in 1077.

715, Tewkesbury monastery was founded.

709, Evesham Benedictine Abbey was founded.

705, Wells Cathedral founded by Pope John VII (died 707).

705, Frome monastery was founded by Aldhelm.

685, Winchester Cathedral founded.

682, Jarrow monastery was founded by Benedict Biscop.

681, Gloucester Abbey founded.

678, Ripon Abbey founded by St Wilfrid. Pope Donus died, succeeded by Pope Agatho (died 681).

674, Monkwearmouth Abbey (Sunderland) was founded by Benedict Biscop.

674, Hexham Monastery was founded by St Wilfrid.

673, Ely Abbey founded by St Etheldreda (but burnt by the Danes in 870, refounded 970). Malmesbury Abbey founded.

670, Barking Abbey, east London, founded.

666, Chertsey Monsatery was founded; refounded by Edgar as a Benedictine monastery in 964.

660, Ripley Monastery, Yorkshire, was founded.

657. Whitby Abbey founded by Abbess Hilda.

658, Leominster Convent was founded by Merewald, King of Mercia.

655, The Benedictine monastery at Peterborough was founded by the Mercian, Thane Saxulf.

650, Dereham Abbey, Norfolk, was founded by St Withberga.

635, Lindisfarne Abbey, Holy Island, was founded by Oswald, King of Northumbria.

627, The first York Minster, made of wood, was replaced by a stone strcture by King Edwin of Northumbria.

604, Rochester Cathedral, Kent, was founded on land donated by King Ethelbert. The present building dates back to 1083.

603, The first Church of St Pauls, London, was built. St Andrews Church, Rochester, was built.

601, The first York Minster was built. Made of wood, it was replaced bya stone edifice in 627.

597, St Augustine founded a Benedictine monastery in Canterbury.

558, The Abbey of Bangor, Wales, was founded by St Comgall.

525, Bangor Cathedral was founded.


1877, Saigon Cathedral was built.

1654, Manila Cathedral, Philippines, was begun (completed 1672).

590, St Elijahs, the oldest monastery in Iraq, was founded, on a hiil above Mosul. It was destroyed by ISIS in 2015,

27 December 537. Emperor Justinian of Constantinople opened the Church of St Sophia, five years after building started. It was hailed as the finest church in Christendom. It replaced an original church to St Sophia built by Constantine in 330 but burnt down in the rebellion of 532. However this church collapsedon 7 May 558, severely weakened by an earthquake in December 557. A third St Sophia was built, and completed on 24 December 562. The dome was designed by the mathematician Anthemius of Tralles, who is also said to have invented a device that used steam power to produce artificial earthquakes.

30 May 383, St Isaac of Dalmatia died in the monastery at Constantinople which he founded.

15 February 342, The original Hagia Sophia was dedicated in Constantinople

17 December 335. The Emperor Constantine�s construction, the Holy Sepulchre, in Jerusalem, opened. �Christ�s tomb on Golgotha was discovered in 328 and Constantine ordered the building of this place of worship here.

325, Erection of the first Church of the Nativity, in Bethlehem.


1873, Anglican Cathedral of St David, Hobart, Tasmania, completed (foundations laid 1817).


10 September 1990, The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Yamoussoukro, Cote d�Ivoire, was consecrated by Pope John Paul II. It is thye largest church in Africa and the tallest church on Earth.

1817, The Anglican Cathedral of St George, Freetown, Liberia, was founded.

527, The Monastery of St Catherine, Sinai, was founded by Emperor Justinian.

4.4. North America

1650, The French Cathedral, Quebec, was dedicated.

4.5. South America

1724, Havana Cathedral, Cuba, was founded.

1598, Cuzco Cathedral, Peru, was completed by Spanish architect Francisco Becerra, aged 53.

1573, Construction of Mexico City Cathedral began (completed 1813).

1563, Bogota Cathedral, Colombia, was founded.


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