It began when an abbey was founded here by Aethelthryth in 673 AD. This abbey, however, was destroyed in 870 by Danish invaders, and rebuilt by Aethelwold of Winchester in 970. Construction of a cathedral began in 1083, bringing more wealth and recognition to the town.
Today, Ely is known for its cathedral, history, architecture, and riverfront.
People Born in Ely
Ely in People's Lives
Liam Neeson: I traveled here in 2007 to film scenes of the movie The Other Man. We filmed at Ely Cathedral.
Natalie Portman: I traveled here in 2007 to film scenes of the movie The Other Boleyn Girl. We filmed on location at Ely Cathedral.