this cathedral has been around since the 13th century. it is absolutely breathtaking. we toured it, then had a separate spire tour – which involved the climbing of the tallest spire in all of the united kingdom.

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countless carvings of saints, royalty and clergy adorn the outside of the cathedral in a breathtaking display of craftsmanship and piety

 

 

 

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the beautiful view from as far up the spire as our tour climbed – this is facing west

 

 

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the spire is supported by an intricate internal structure. the beams, aside from the lowest ones, don’t actually touch the side of the structure – it is literally sitting on top of itself with a weight on top

 

 

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the window panes have messages etched on them. during construction it was a fundraiser for the cathedral: pay a pound per pane to be part of the building.

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this particular window was destroyed, but the pieces were saved in a box, later to be restored.002

these flags with the country’s colours hang until they fall – a very long time. the one on the far left (i don’t think you can see it because it’s behind another it’s so worn) was present at the burning of the white house in the war of 1812.016

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