Secret crypts found under a British cathedral

The Templar Knight

On 14 November 1940, the German Luftwaffe rained bombs down on the city of Coventry destroying its famous medieval cathedral and killing 568 people. Seventy years later, the shell of the cathedral stands next to the new building opened after the Second World War. Yet the medieval cathedral is revealing secrets today – particularly the crypts below ground.

Crypts discovered under medieval Coventry Cathedral

Restorers have stumbled upon nine secret crypts under the remains of Coventry cathedral in the Midlands. In September, 2011, cracks appeared in the remains of the medieval church and since then the walls had been supported by rather unsightly scaffolding.

Coventry medieval cathedral dates back to the 14th century and was originally the city’s main place of worship. But in 1940, during the Second World War, the German Luftwaffe pounded the city for an incredible and horrific ten hours on the night of November 15th.


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