From Brooklyn to Tribeca to... Salisbury cathedral: Jay-Z takes time out before Wireless show to visit Magna Carta

The rapper spent an hour with the Dean of the cathedral and was said to be 'touched' to see the artwork for his new album next to its namesake

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US rapper Jay-Z paid a visit to the 750-year-old Salisbury cathedral to view the best-kept original copy of the Magna Carta,which provided the title of his new album 'Magna Carta Holy Grail'.

He made the trip to see the 13th-century bill of citizens' rights last Sunday, before returning to London for his headlining slot at Wireless Festival alongside Justin Timberlake.

The artwork for his new album has been displayed alongside the document, one of only four remaining, for since 3 July.

It is believed he travelled with a small entourage in a classic Aston Martin. He did not inform the press of his visit but posed with fans for pictures.

According to reports, he spent an hour with the Dean of Salisbury, The Very Reverend June Osbourne, who commended him afterwards for being a 'delightful' guest.

She said: "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."

A source close to the rapper, speaking to  The Sun, 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.”