"SalisburySalisbury..." Reading Things to Do Tip by Geoff_Wright

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Salisbury Cathedral
<font face=algerian color=magenta size=+2>T</font><b><font color=blue>he first Cathedral, of Norman style, was begun in 1075 at Old Sarum which is 2 miles from the City. After the demise of the old Cathedral, which subsequently fell into ruin, many of its stones were used to build a new Cathedral in Salisbury. The main body of the building is in Chilmark stone and Purbeck marble, and was begun in the year 1220 and completed in 1258. Situated at the confluence of four rivers, Salisbury is the only city within the county of Wiltshire. </font></b>

<font face=algerian color=magenta size=+2>T</font><b><font color=blue>he Cathedral hosts the tallest spire in England at 404 feet and it dominates the city. Many legends grew from the choice of the site to build the Cathedral; some say that the flight of an arrow shot by an archer from the ramparts of Old Sarum marked the place, another that the Virgin Mary appeared to Bishop Poore in a dream telling him to build in 'Mary's Field' which was the site selected, even though is was low-lying and marshy. </font></b>

<font face=algerian color=magenta size=+2>S</font><b><font color=blue>alisbury is one of the few Cathedrals built in the shape of a double cross with the arms of the transept branching off on either side. The cloisters are larger and older than any other of the English cathedrals. </font></b>

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  • Written Aug 25, 2002
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