Durham Cathedral in the moonlight..
A familiar sight to both medieval royalty and commoners alike our Cathedrals soar above us, centuries old, constant, enduring, and kind of reassuring. There is nothing more thrilling as you approach a cathedral city than the first glimpse of their cathedral appearing on the horizon. So to all that toiled to build these wonders – some of whom would have lost their lives – the architects, artisans, workmen, carpenters, stonemasons, labourers, roofers and any I have forgotten, thank you, bravo, we salute you.
As we draw to the end of the year, and thank God for that, here are some of the best of the stunning photos of the year mostly from the Association of English Cathedrals although some are from other sources.
A tantalizing glimpse of Norwich Cathedral through an ancient gateway.
This wonderful view of ‘Lincoln breaking through the mist…..’ Thanks to Adrian Fox for this wonderful photo..
Worcester Cathedral at night..
The Pipes of Rochester Cathedral
Canterbury Cathedral…no words needed
Fan vaulting Henry VII’s Lady Chapel Westminster Abbey
Censing Angel – one of four. Westminster Abbey. Described as ‘supreme examples of English medieval art’. From ‘The Glory of Westminster Abbey’.
A mysterious door beckons at the top of these well worn steps at Wells….
Winchester – sublime
Lincoln soars above the city rooftops
Another view of Lincoln . Photo reposted from @italiangirlabroad
Lichfield at night..
York Minster by moonlight.
Norwich at night.
Wells Cathedral Library..
Hereford…reflected in the rain swept pavement. Photographer unknown.
And last but not least, thanks to all the Cathedral cats who keep the pews warm for us, keep the mices away and can be relied upon to always provide a warm welcome:
One of the Cathedral Cats. This is Louie of Wells. Sadly passed away last year.
The Construction of the Tower of Babel. German. Unknown artist..
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