John Ruskin famously said, 'I have always held and proposed against all comers to maintain that the Cathedral of Lincoln is out and out the most precious piece of architecture in the British Isles'
Lincoln Cathedral, or Lincoln Minster as it is also known, dates from 1072 when William the Conqueror instructed that the bishopric of this, then the largest diocese in England (covering the lands between the river Thames and the Humber), be moved from Dorchester, near Oxford, to Lincoln, where he had already established a castle in the old Roman upper city. The first Norman Bishop of Lincoln, Remigius had previously been a Benedictine monk, and a loyal supporter of William at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The cathedral was finally consecrated in 1092. It has dominated the skyline of Lincoln since then and is a prominent landmark from many parts of Lincolnshire.
The night time image was chosen as I like the way the building is lit at night time showing it in all it's towering glory, it almost seems to glow and can be seen for many miles. In retrospect I should have used a tripod and take a longer shutter speed in order to prevent any camera shake.
Upon entering the Cathedral, visitors are greeted with a view of the nave stretching back to the organ
The image on the left was taken at the particular angle as there is a restorative programme in situ which obscures the view of the tower on the right. The image on the right shows a blue barrier tape which I left in the image on purpose, my reason for this was to demonstrate the division between the sacred area of the cathedral and the area for the general public, demonstrating the sanctity of this special place.
In spite of its size, the Cathedral is filled with intricate detail
I included this image of the curves and arches looking up at part of the ceiling, I particularly liked the way the light cascades through the glass of the arches.
|St Hugh's Choir is one of the earliest examples of English gothic style. It contains fine examples of carved |
choir stalls dating from 1370.
|Holy Communion is taken daily, all are welcome to take part and receive a blessing|
|Inside the roof|
|The roof top tours give visitors the|
opportunity to get quite a different
view of the nave
|View of the Norman Castle|
|Visitors get to see behind the scenes|
|Up close and personal|