Wren designed the chapel by first creating a small scale model. Matthew Wren died two years later and is buried in the vault of the chapel he caused to be built.
The model is still in the posession ofd the college. The college was extended in the 17th century with the addition of two east residential ranges which together with the hall formed Ivy Court.
Cambridge hotel sussex gardens
A Pemboke student, Laurence Booth, later Archbishop of York, established a library at the college in the late 15th century.
In the English Civil War the college was staunchly Royalist, and sent its plate to support the king.
One Pembroke man who suffered in the war was Mathew Wren, Bishop of Ely.
Wren was held in the Tower of London for 17 years, and he swore that if he were released he would build a chapel at his former college.
When he did gain his freedom, Bishop Wren carried out his vow, choosing as his architect his own nephew, Christopher Wren.
The Pembroke Chapel was Wren's first architectural commission, and the first chapel of Cambridge University to be built in the classical style.
Wren's sucessful design set the fashion for classically-styled college chapels.
Wren himself went on to design another chapel at Emmanuel College and the library at Trinity College.
Pemboke is the 3rd oldest among Cambridge colleges.
It was founded in 1347 (on Christmas Eve to be exact) by Marie de St. The college is composed of courts linked by attractive gardens and lawns.
The original buildings of Pembroke - chapel, hall, kitchen, and lodgings - were built around a single court, now called First Court.