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CHRISTCHURCH PRIORY, Christchurch, Dorset: ‘I passed through the grounds of the priory al­most daily for two years and I could never do so with­out stop­ping to gawp at its mag­nif­i­cence,’ says best-sell­ing au­thor Bill Bryson, who has selected his 14 favourite churches for Ex­plorechurches (www.ex­, the UK’S new church-tourism web­site de­vel­oped by the Na­tional Churches Trust (of which Mr Bryson is vice pres­i­dent).

The list also in­cludes Durham Cathe­dral, which he calls ‘one of the most mov­ing and iconic cre­ations of Western civil­i­sa­tion’, and an ‘im­pos­si­bly gor­geous’ chapel in Lamb­holm on Orkney that was built by Ital­ian pris­on­ers dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

The Ex­plorechurches web­site pro­vides his­tor­i­cal and prac­ti­cal in­for­ma­tion for vis­i­tors to 1,300 (and count­ing) churches across the UK.

Christchurch Priory in Dorset is one of au­thor and An­glophile Bill Bryson’s favourite churches

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