Durham has a splendid Norman Cathedral – reputedly the best Romanesque building in Europe – it houses the shrine of Saint Cuthbert and Venerable Bede’s tomb - it is truly a unique and holy place. The Episcopal see was founded in 635, but the Cathedral was begun in 1093 and finished in the XV century. The present building was built under William of Calais and most of the building remains true to its original design today. The motifs on the columns are quite unique and this is the first example of this kind of decorations . A great gem is the “Galilee Chapel” – in it there are still remaining of Medieval wall paintings.