Today was a really big day so I have spread the photos over two pages. In the morning, we visited Salisbury Cathedral.
As you can see, we are still getting sun for at least part of the day. The spire is the tallest of any cathedral in England at 123m.
Satoshi with the sculpture "Walking Woman". I thought it was a peacock!
The font was installed in 2008. It takes 3,000 litres of water to keep it full and circulating.
The medieval clock, said to be the oldest working clock in the world, was made about 1386.
The tomb of William Longespee who was an illegitimate son of Henry II and half-brother of King John. He was present at the laying of the foundation stone of the cathedral in 1220 and died in 1226.
Moses with the Ten Commandments.
Check the pillars carefully, are they straight? The tower weighs 6,500 tons, no wonder the pillars are struggling a little!
The Quire. The rear stalls date from 1286. The canopies are early 20th century.
The Quire has a huge number and variety of carvings. The above photos show some of my favourites.
This huge window is in the North Transept. It has so much detail, some of which I have included below.
A depiction of part of the parable "The Sheep and the Goats" in Matthew 25:31-46
The Archangel Raphael (with his fish)
The three photos above are of a glass prism created by Laurence Whistler as a gift to the Cathedral and as a memorial to his older brother Rex. You can see it in operation here.
Unusual carvings on a stall that seems not to be in use.
David soothes King Saul by playing the harp.
David defeats Goliath
The tomb of Bishop Moberly (1803-1885)
Such a wonderful sculpture!
How does anyone have the skill to make stone look like cloth?
Every detail is so perfect.
The tomb of Giles de Bridport. It is considered to be the finest 13th century tomb in England.
Detail of above tomb
St.Nicholas with three boys he saved out of a barrel. Warning - the following legend is quite gruesome! It tells of a butcher who, during a famine, killed the three boys and put them in a barrel to cure in order to sell them as ham. When St.Nicholas visited the area to help the poor and hungry, he resurrected the boys through prayer.
St.John (you can tell it's him by the eagle) writing the last book in the Bible, "The Revelation" according to what he sees in a vision.
St.Andrew, the Patron Saint of Scotland, was, according to legend, crucified on a X-shaped cross. This is represented in the Flag of Scotland which, in turn, is part of the Union Jack.
St.Patrick, patron saint of Ireland. The snake alludes to the fact that he is said to have banished all snakes from Ireland.
The Organ is spread across both sides of the Quire.
In the Chapter House is one of the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta. and a frieze all the way round which illustrates the book of Genesis.
God instructs Noah how to build the Ark.
Noah, his family, and the animals in the Ark
The Tower of Babel under construction (Genesis 11:1-9)
Lot's wife was warned not to turn around as the family was fleeing the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. She didn't listen, turned around to look, and was turned into a pillar of salt!
Go to the afternoon