Monday, 6 August 2012

Salisbury Cathedral home to the Magna Carta

Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral is so beautiful it is hard to begin to describe it the towering steeple is the highest in the country. The work involved in the creation of the cathedral is awesome and makes you admire every person who has ever worked on it. It costs £6.50 to go into the Cathedral which is a much more realistic cost than the painfull £15.50 to enter St Pauls in London. 

Fabulous Stained Glass Windows

The Cathedral dates from the 12C and in its Chapel House is one of only four remaining original Magna Cartas from the 12C. Kept for seven hundred years in the dark vaults of the Cathedral the  Magna Carta is in remarkable condition.  No photography is allowed understandably but the Magna Carta is a single sheet of wide paper with Latin writing. The writing is tiny and was painstakingly written using quill pens and sap and soot as ink. The lines of writing are amazingly straight and a ruler must have been used to guide such accurate work. It is protected by dense dark boards and sits in glass behind these board so no sunlight can damage this fragile piece of history. You can see finger marks were once it was carelessly handled and the informed volunteers tell you its interesting tale.

Arches in the Cathedral

Arches wander through the Cathedral holding up its magnificent roof and steeple but also creating a beautiful never ending effect within.

Organ pipes

The organ pipes are as fat as lamposts and a modern cross has been added to the front. Mixing new things within the Cathedral is a nice touch it feels like the newer generations are having a say in the amazing place.

Part of the Outside Walls

The hierarchy of kings, Popes, Angels and the Holy family march up the outside entrance wall.  The Cathedral is so big this photo only shows one third of the wall. 

An inner garden square

There is a lovely garden square within the Cathdral that tempts you to spend some time in its quite splendour.

The Garden Square

It is a honour to visit such a place but as I admire the work and forsight that created it I am touched by the human suffering that it would also have cost. I cannot imagine that poor people who weren`t skilled craftsmen got a good wage for their backbreaking labour.

Flags for Memories

Admiring the Marble Statues 

One of the many tombs within the Cathedral this one dates from the 14C

A wall plaque from the 16C

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