Sunday, 31 October 2010

Canterbury Cathedral- An example of Gothic Architecture

 During my Foundation Year in Canterbury I was honered to visit Canterbury Cathedral an outstanding example of Gothic Architecture which is the kind of style i need to work on for the current project. I was amazed by its interior and exterior beauty and was upset I only got to visit it just once even though I lived in Canterbury for a whole year. Here are some pictures from my visit there last May.


 Canterbury Cathedral is one of the oldest Christian churches in England and it continues to play a central role in English Christianity. Originally founded in 602 AD by St. Augustine, it still functions as the cathedral of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
The exterior of Canterbury Cathedral immediately impresses by its size, but also rewards closer attention to its details. Viewed directly from the south, the abrupt change from Romanesque to Gothic is clearly evident - to the right (east) are round arches, blind arcades, and rough surfaces; to the left are the abundant pointed arches and pinnacles of the Gothic nave.
Decorating the Romanesque exterior are intertwined blind arches embellished with decoratively carved columns and figurative capitals, all of which date from Archbishop Anselm's reconstruction around 1120. Many of the capitals are weathered beyond recognition, but others still clearly display proud Green Men and other interesting medieval characters.

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