It's one of the West Midlands most historic cathedrals and famous for its stained glass and three spires.
Nature, however, has conspired to leave parts of Lichfield Cathedral looking "like a Crunchie bar without the chocolate". Masonry bees have been burrowing into the soft sandstone, leaving the stonework pock-marked.
Some respite is now at hand as the cathedral was among four in the region given a funding boost yesterday to make emergency repairs to their crumbling buildings.
The four great cathedrals - Worcester, Hereford, Coventry and Lichfield - were given a total of £533,000 by English Heritage for repairs, twice as much as last year, to fix damaged stonework and stave off water damage.
English Heritage chief executive Simon Thurley said: "We are very much keen on focusing the limited amount of money we have on the cathedrals where it's really needed.
"We are hoping that this time the money will make a big difference to an area which has really really needed it over the last year."
The grant given to the West Midlands cathedrals was part of a £2.1 million package from English Heritage to the 28 neediest sites in the country. Most have promised to match the money they were given with their own funding.
The grants given to West Midlands cathedrals were: * Coventry: £49,000 to stop water seepage in the chapels and stabilise the Great West Screen; * Hereford: £94,000 for masonry repairs to south aisle and nave clerestory; * Lichfield: £250,000 - the maximum possible - for masonry repairs to the choir south clerestory; * Worcester: £140,000 for masonry repairs to the cloister.
Arian Dorber, the Dean of Lichfield Cathedral, said all the clergy there were "totally delighted" at the grant, more than ten times they received last year.
"It gives us the opportunity to start the programme of repairs we've got planned for the stonework on the buttresses on the south side of the nave. That part of the building has been plagued with masonry bees, which burrow into the soft sandstone - it's like a Crunchie bar without the chocolate on.
"That's the most important thing, but there is a whole rolling programme of repairs that will need taking care of.
"We've estimated that we will need to raise £8 million over the next few years, £11.2 million by 2011 and up to £17 million by 2016."
Mr Thurley said English Heritage could not hope to fully provide the massive amounts of money needed to keep centuries-old cathedrals in running order which costs English cathedrals a total of about £11 million every year.
But he said it was a good starting point, adding: "It's a lot easier to go to other sources of funding if you can say to them 'I've already got X amount of money in the bag, we just need this much more.'
"Cathedrals are the princes of English buildings: imposing, stately, even terrifying especially from the roof.
"A huge amount of work has to go into securing this grandeur and majesty for generations to come. The grants announced today will go some way to helping the custodians of these titans in this task."
English Heritage said grants to cathedrals were important, as they were often in small towns which were not as wealthy as in their medieval heyday, meaning the local community often could not support the building on its own.
The cathedral grants scheme has been running since 1991, when a survey showed that the country's 61 cathedrals were facing a huge backlog of major repairs they could not fund alone.
But in 2004 funding cuts by the Government meant English Heritage was forced to cut the scheme budget to less than £1 million. It managed to increase the budget with the help of the Wolfson Foundation charity last year.