Cambridge 2000: Pembroke College: Trumpington Street: chapel
Pembroke Chapel was the first building by Christopher
Wren. At the time he was a scientist rather than
an architect but fortunately became interested in
building. His uncle, Matthew Wren, former Master
of Peterhouse and Bishop of Ely, paid for the
construction and is buried in the chapel.
Another architect (and sculptor and carver),
Edward Pearce, worked with Wren on the chapel.
The chapel was extended on the other side (to the
George Gilbert Scott the younger
cupola of the chapel
sits in perfect harmony on top of the building.
Wren's most famous building in Cambridge is the
at Trinity, but this chapel, and the one at
are if anything more elegant buildings.
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