St Albans – A Medieval City

Located north of London, St. Albans is a commuter town that offers several attractions for visitors to see. The city’s cathedral is decorated with medieval wall paintings, and the Verulamium Park contains ornamental lakes and remains of an ancient Roman wall. You can also visit the Verulamium Museum, which houses Roman artifacts and gold coins from the Sandridge Hoard. Near the museum, a 2nd century Roman theatre is still standing.

The city has a long history. A Roman theater was once located in St Albans, which was once surrounded by houses and shops. The theater had a raised stage, similar to modern amphitheaters. Unfortunately, you cannot visit this site for free; it costs about 2 GBP to enter.

In Medieval times, the people of St Albans wanted independence from the abbot who ruled the town. The abbot and the townspeople often quarrelled. There was a weekly market and 3 annual fairs, and the city had its own economy, with visitors from the surrounding counties and even London.

The cathedral is one of St Albans’ oldest buildings, and is the oldest continuous Christian place of worship in Britain. The cathedral was a part of an abbey and Benedictine monastery. The first draft of Magna Carta was written here. The abbey became a parish church in 1539 and then a cathedral in 1877.