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Old July 17th, 2005, 10:52 PM   #1
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my fave cathedrals

i was flicking through ssn.com and i realised we have most british catehdrals on there now so i thought id pick five of my favourites apart from lincoln. here they are.

first up , durham cathedral
pure romanesque architecture, deep red brick. quite minimalist, and very ripped off for liverpools anglican cathedral.




wells cathedral
the frontage makes this more than anything, the detail of carving is amazing and the decorated gothic both outside and inside are some of the best examples around.




ely cathedral
there's not many cathedrals in england that look more like castles. this is completely unique thanks to this look.





salisbury cathedral
well this one is obvious really. its soooo pure architecturally, one style, decorative but not OTT like canterbury, a nice large version of chichester.



st albans
the sheer mix of styles in this one makes it so amazing, see the old roman brick and the romanesque early norman style, the gothic nave and then the victorian neogothic frontage added later. definitely a real mix from the ages.
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Old July 17th, 2005, 11:09 PM   #2
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Salisbury is my favourite... the spire is awesome. The surroundings are very beautiful as well.

My other favourites are Norwich, Peterborough, Lincoln, and St Paul's in London.
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Old July 17th, 2005, 11:12 PM   #3
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Yeah i used to live a stones throw from Salisbury. Inside the cathedral is just as spectacular as outside, and when i was little, that spire seemed so tall!
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Old July 17th, 2005, 11:18 PM   #4
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check out this beauty will, chichester cathedral, aka the mini salisbury. ill do another thread soon on my fave interiors (wells by the way is top)

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Old July 17th, 2005, 11:48 PM   #5
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Norwich is another Cathedral that looks a bit like Salisbury. Second tallest spire after Salisbury. Here is a photo of Lichfield Catherdral that I took last summer, only catherdral in the country with 3 spires, AKA "The Ladies of the Vale".

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Old July 18th, 2005, 12:26 AM   #6
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not exactly true. its the only three spired medieval cathedral in the country. edinburgh and truro both have three spires too.
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Old July 18th, 2005, 12:47 AM   #7
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Glasgow cathedral


The Spire is 220ft built in 1400.

Must be the only cathedral still caked in soot.
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Old July 18th, 2005, 01:53 AM   #8
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At Chichester i really like the big seperate bell tower next to the main cathedral bit.
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Old July 18th, 2005, 02:06 AM   #9
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actually i hope they dont clean it. i always felt that st pauls looked better covered in soot and scorch marks from the blitz too, it gave the stone much more character and now it just looks pristine and slightly bland. best sooty cathedral is definitely coventry. heh.
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Old July 18th, 2005, 02:10 AM   #10
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actually i hope they dont clean it. i always felt that st pauls looked better covered in soot and scorch marks from the blitz too, it gave the stone much more character and now it just looks pristine and slightly bland. best sooty cathedral is definitely coventry. heh.
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Old July 18th, 2005, 07:21 AM   #11
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great topic gothic
my favourite cathedral is Lincoln followed by Liverpool Anglican, Durham and York Minster
im not a fan of st pauls, esp as you have to pay 8 quid to go in. I'd put lincoln up there with the best in the europe that i've seen so far which are Cologne, Burgos, Notre Dame, Gaudi (Barcelona) - im not sure my photos do these 4 justice but here they are anyway

Lincoln:

Cologne:

Burgos:

Notre Dame (Paris)

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Old July 18th, 2005, 08:50 AM   #12
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My favs

Salisbury Cathedral


Winchester Cathedral

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Old July 18th, 2005, 11:13 AM   #13
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Chichester for me.

By far for me is Chichester cathedral, It really is spectacular, most of the outta stonework had too be replaced because of a thousand years of salt wind damage, and the fact that the spire collapsed in on itself so it looks almost new. From Chichester harbour it looks truely amazing with the Goodwood racecourse tents high on the hill in the background you can see why it's such an expensive place to live. maybe the fact that it's where I grew up has a little to do with it. hahahaha lol.
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Old July 18th, 2005, 03:18 PM   #14
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So many great cathedrals....each has its story, qualities, silhouette, etc. I don't have a favourite, I love them all. With Durham, while everyone extols its romanesque design, curiously its majestic presence is very much a product of the 14th/15th century western and central towers which are perpendicular gothic style. Ely also has great 14th modifications, including the octagon which in reality is a renaissance-inspired gothic style dome of timber construction - fabulous, and still standing.
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Old July 18th, 2005, 06:26 PM   #15
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Some excellent Cathedrals there - Another gem many of you will probably not have heard of - Its is Norwichs 2nd Cathedral, of St John the Baptist.


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Old July 18th, 2005, 06:36 PM   #16
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I love York Minster...

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Old July 19th, 2005, 03:13 PM   #17
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This picture is excellent.

Worth drooling over.

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Old July 19th, 2005, 06:05 PM   #18
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that entire crypt used to be under water you know.one guy single handledly drained it and laid the entire foundations for the cathedral in the early 20th c
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Old July 20th, 2005, 03:01 AM   #19
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What's with the statue Goth? Is that you all tarred up and having a reflective moment?

Seriously not only are these buildings stunning pieces of architecture they also have a rich history. We really are fortunate in this country to have so many left intact.
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Old July 20th, 2005, 05:01 AM   #20
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sadly winchester isnt intact. two towers collapsed, another two towers were demolished so our five towered cathedral only has one.
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