Other than locals, few people realise that the world famous city of Cambridge while housing some of the greatest places of learning in the world does not have a cathedral. That honour falls to Ely. The cathedral has its origins in AD 672 when St Etheldreda built an abbey church. The present building dates back to 1083, and cathedral status was granted it in 1109. Architecturally it is outstanding both for its scale and stylistic details. Its most notable feature is the central octagonal tower, with lantern above.