Southwark Cathedral is situated very close to the Tower of London and is a beautiful Cathedral. In competition for visitors with the many other wonderful buildings in London it can be forgotten. Do make the effort to see Southwark as the arched ceilings alone are impressive.
The Cathedral closes at 6 pm and there is a £4 charge to take photographs which is used towards the upkeep of the building. As it was quite late when I arrived I didn`t really have time to appreciate all it has to offer. A tomb where a lady has been laid to rest in a slightly elevated position next to her husband to show she was of a higher class says a lot about our history. Our preoccupation with class extending into the tomb.
The arches in the cathedral and the arched ceiling give the impression of a never ending path leading to stained glass windows. It is very effective at drawing the eye towards the altars.
The stained glass windows reflect the sunset over the nearby Thames and the main feeling is soothing. Candles burn along the passages and side alters with small statues offer a private place to say a prayer or two. It seemed a little intrusive to be taking photos in such a tranquil place but at the same time it is irresistible.
I will certainly go back to find out more about Southwark and spend a bit more time there. I am not religious but I love taking photos of Cathedrals as they are so impressive and say so much about our past.
Organ at southwark
I really like social history and find Cathedrals interesting as the building of them usually takes more than one generation. I argue with myself about if they were good for the ordinary people in that they provided work but was it more a case of work or starve. The legacy is stunning so I do hope that people did get a fair deal.
London is still buzzing from the Olympics and flags are still flying waiting for the Paralympics to start on 29th August.