Friday, September 30, 2011
A visit to England was right up my alley because of my obsession with all things gothic. When I was in secondary (middle) school, I could name all the six wives of Henry VIII in a flash but struggled with remembering just one name of our eight ...er was it seven Sultans who ruled Malacca! I was a big fan of British author Jean Plaidy (1 September 1906 – 18 January 1993) and read almost every single novel from her Tudor Saga series.
This gothic cathedral is one of the finest medieval cathedrals in Britain. How can one not marvel at the beauty and scale of the building?
Apparently, parts of the building are watered by an underground stream where the water level is checked 7 times a day! If it ever dried up, the building would collapse!
Erected 800 years ago, the spire stands at a whopping 404 ft, the tallest church spire in England.
The cathedral is also home to the best-preserved of the four surviving original copies of the Magna Carta
How can a building of such splendor be built in those medieval times without the use of today's machinery? WOW!
The infinity pool at the entrance of the nave
The tomb of a knight
The mechanism of the turret clock displayed at the nave of the cathedral
In those days, turret clocks were highly regarded for timekeeping and this ancient clock of the cathedral since 1386 is still ticking away, making it the oldest working clock in the world.
Despite the crowds, I was struck by the tranquility of the place.
At the time of our visit, Sean Henry's exhibition was on
Ancient meets modern
Sean Henry's sculpture of a modern man placed on the west front of the cathedral