Thursday, November 25, 2010

Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral, formally known as the Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is an Anglican cathedral in Salisbury, England, considered one of the leading examples of Early English architecture. The main body was completed in only 38 years, from 1220 to 1258.

The cathedral has the tallest church spire in the United Kingdom (123m/404 ft). 
The cathedral also has the largest cloister and the largest cathedral close in Britain (80 acres).  The Cathedral contains the world's oldest working clock (from AD 1386)
 and has one of the four surviving original copies of the Magna Carta (all four original copies are in England). Although commonly known as Salisbury Cathedral, the official name is the Cathedral of Saint Mary. In 2008, the cathedral celebrated the 750th anniversary of its consecration in 1258.

The carvings in the quire are wonderful.
More to follow.  Have to get going to Stonehenge, Montacute and Drogo today.  There is so much to relate in these articles, most of them only touch on the surface of what I saw.  I will add more when I return to America to make the blog more thorough.

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