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Thursday 18 December 2014

Jay-Z visits the real Magna Carta

Jay-Z visited Salisbury Cathedral to view his artwork
Jay-Z visited Salisbury Cathedral to view his artwork

Jay-Z has visited the Magna Carta which lent its name to his new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail.

The superstar rapper took a trip to Salisbury just before his performance at London's Wireless Festival on Sunday to view the historical artefacts, says The Sun.

Jay-Z, real name Shawn Carter, turned up unannounced at Salisbury Cathedral to see the 1215 charter of English rights and then spent an hour touring the cathedral with the Dean of Salisbury.

A source said: "Jay-Z kept the visit quiet because he didn't want it to become a big publicity stunt. He travelled down from London in a small group in his classic Aston Martin."

The star's artwork from his new album is currently displayed alongside the real Magna Carta and the source said: "Jay was genuinely touched to see his album near to the real-life Magna Carta in the chapter house. He took the occasion seriously and felt honoured to be there. He chatted to the Dean and posed for a few pictures with fans when they asked."

The Dean, The Very Reverend June Osborne, told The Sun: "It was great to welcome Jay-Z to Salisbury Cathedral. He was clearly moved by seeing the original Magna Carta. He was a delightful guest and we discussed the work we seek to do here to further the cause of social justice. I think it may have surprised some of our visitors."

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