Located in Lincoln in England, Lincoln Cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of Lincoln in the Church of England. Building commenced in 1088 and continued in several phases throughout the medieval period. It was reputedly the tallest building in the world for 238 years until the central spire collapsed in 1549 and was never rebuilt. The cathedral is the third largest in Britain after St Paul's and York Minster and is Lincolnshire's largest building. It is highly regarded by architectural scholars. Along with Salisbury Cathedral, it holds one of the four original 1215 copies of the Magna Carta.