Saturday, August 19, 2006

Exeter Cathedral

On Tuesday, after the side trip to Barnstaple, I drove down towards Exeter, with a stop at Castle Drogo and Powderham Castle. I drove into Exeter to see the beautiful Cathedral - a wonderful building with the longest unbroken gothic vault in existence - quite beautiful with its restored bosses (the carved stone medallions in the center - some of which weigh 2 tons!). The towers are Norman but the cathedral is quite decoratively gothic and its architecture is consistent throughout the building. A choir was rehearsing for the big service of the day - so heard some beautifully sung Grieg.

The View down the nave

The view thru the Choir

A close-up of the vaulting

The organ case is the original from the 17th c., and you can see a 32' pipe in the south transept where they just made it in under the arch.

now that's close

the view from the nave past the organ and showing most of the longest gothic vault

The most exquisite ceiling in one of the Chantry Chapels

The Norman tower


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