"Lincoln Cathedral: true top task!" Cathedral Tip by Landotravel
Cathedral, Lincoln: 35 reviews and 78 photos
Been to Lincoln means visiting its enormous, surprising and mighty Cathedral. Its sight is iconic but when being at its feet it's really overwhelming. In fact, this one was the tallest building in the world for 200 years!. And it's more surprising knowing that this building dates from as early as XIth century!. Its main front -West front- is quite completely Norman and it's the mainly preserved part from that era.
Everything here is amazing and numbers are so. Entering inside explains you why. High complex Purbeck marble pillars, beautiful nerved and arched roof and coloured stained glass windows made it all mostly in Early English Gothic around the original Norman building configure a place able to house more than 2000 people. Being in here is another supernatural experience. Its height, its powerful shape, its coloured great Dean's eye and Bishop's eye rose windows and orned stone, the magnificent St Hugh's chorus with its intrincately carved flowered screen, the chapter house, the cloister, etc. etc.
Reading about the building, you can learn that the original Norman church was greatly destroyed by an earthquake and the new Gothic one begun to be built from the opposite side to the remaining Norman West face which led to rectify some details when the new building had to be linked with it. Funny enough, the roof is not straight at this point for they had to end it with some displacement. But effort was worthy. The new church was by far bigger than the old one and was made to be great among greats. It's astounding to note that the actual enormous towers were, in fact, higher for they were originally ended by wooden spires that doubled its height!
This place has plenty of interesting details: beginning the nave there's a very old dark Tournai marble baptizing font dating from 12th century. Inside the nice St Hugh's choir the precious wooden stalls hold some detailed "misericords" dating from XIVth century. The Angel Choir shows the famous "Lincoln's Imp", a small stone figure with horns and claws, a kind of small devil placed in one arch. The stone tomb of Richard Flemig, bishop of Lincoln, dating from XVth century is surprising for it shows a double corpse: the upper one is the bishop in splendor while the lower one is a kind of decaying corpse with the signs of pain and suffering, a kind of metaphore about life and death. And near it, the nice Eleanor of Castile's -Leonor de Castilla in Spanish- tomb, really a semi-tomb for in here are only buried the queen's viscera; the body is buried at Westminster. She was married to king Edward I and died at XIIIth century near Lincoln.
At the shop it's possible to get some nice illustrated guides for children that are much better than the standard ones to learn about all these details and much more. The importance of the place deserves it, sure!
Address: Minster Yard, Lincoln LN2 1PX UK
Phone: 01522 561600
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