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Lincoln Cathedral

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Lincoln Cathedral was for almost 300 years the tallest building in the world.Yet, in spite of its size, it is filled with intricate detail.

There is something for everyone. Children love seeking out the funny carvings. Not just the Imp, but the cat and mouse and so many other little details that brightened the masons’ days.

In Lincoln Cathedral the architects of the gothic style perhaps reached the pinnacle of their art. Everywhere you look there is the most intricate detail, walls, roofs elaborated by the finest carving. From above, the carving is at its best, yet not for the eye of mortal man.

From the time of the death of the saintly Bishop of Lincoln, Hugh of Avalon whose shine is shown in the picture to the right, thousands of people like you and me have come on pilgrimage to Lincoln Cathedral. It is place of pilgrimage, a place of holiness and of prayer, but also a place to explore.

If you are interested in History, Remigius the Bishop who built the earliest part of the Cathedral came over with William the Conqueror.

If Architecture is your passion St Hugh, who so lovingly restored the Cathedral after the earthquake, brought with him architects who took the gothic form to the farthest reaches. The intricacy of this building is something to behold.

If Music is your love, come to choral evensong. You can listen to the week’s broadcast on-line, but that is nothing compared to hearing it live.

If you are book addict, visit the Medieval and Wren Libraries and discover the eclectic collection we keep.

The Cathedral has had a long relationship with Kings and Queens. The Chapter House was used by Edward II for a meeting with Parliament. More recently it was the setting for the film The Young Victoria. This summer, to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeh II, we are displaying in the Chapter House the throne used by Victoria in that film.


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