Salisbury Cathedral, melody in stone.

Central aisle of Salisbury Cathedral

Central aisle of Salisbury Cathedral

The tall space of the Cathedral interiors welcomes you, the slender stone arches and columns lending a light rhythm to the main aisle. The vast space does awe you, but does not impose. Pointed arches at intervals and different heights frame various views, and are a composition in themselves. Openings at upper levels have round arches, which break the monotony, along with the subtle ornamentation.

Pointed Arches framing the space

Pointed Arches framing the space

Light filtering in from Gothic windows

Light filtering in from Gothic windows

Multiple Type of arches, and windows

Multiple Type of arches, and windows

Peace

Peace

Stain Glass windows

Stain Glass windows

There are various smaller shrines and prayer spaces tucked away in different extensions, and each has a distinct style, as these have been added later, this one is distinctly Baroque…

Leading to Baroque resting place

Leading to Baroque resting place

Baroque shrine

Baroque shrine

This alter is very contemporary, with a well known artists work as its alter cover, it blends in easily into the surrounds, and the blue stain glass behind ( which has been restored) compliments the space.

Alter with specially embroidered table cloth

Alter with specially embroidered table cloth

The restored stain glass panels

The restored stain glass panels

There is part of the Cathedral that has a much more elaborate roof structure, I marvelled at how beautifully the lines of the columns and arches and reverse arches flowed from one to another, if there is a melody in stone architecture this is such.

Beautiful ceiling details

Beautiful ceiling details

Articulation in stone

Articulation in stone

Rhyme in arches

Rhyme in arches

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4 comments

  1. So beautiful! Glad I found your site from Emily’s Bookshelf. Great photos :)

    1. Thank you, your comment is the best form encouragement :)

  2. Great photos! I need to see Salisbury before I emigrate! :)

    1. Thank you !.
      If you go in summer, the landscape around is also beautiful, one can spend a day here.

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