Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Bristol Cathedral and St Marks

Saturday 27th August - I'm off on my own!
Bristol Cathedral Choir School on the left and the Cathedral on the right
Looking through the archway of the Choir School towards College Green
... detail above the arch
A beautiful setting outside the council offices 
Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity
Cathedral entrance
The current Nave was built between 1867 and 1877 to the original medieval design
Most of the stained glass windows are memorials to services during the wars
The Millenium Alter and ornate pulpit
The beautiful screen at the Crossing
and the fantastic vaulted ceiling (1300-1330)
the Quire (1300-1330) ...
... and great organ
The screen looking back down the Nave to the Rose Window above the main door ...
... and the stone work on the pillars
The High Alter - the heart of christian worship
... and the fabulous inlaid marble floor laid down in the 19th century
Elder Lady Chapel (1220)
with its strange carvings
Eastern Lady Chapel also 1300-1330
quietly sketching
... the decoration
so beautiful
with vibrant colours
Entrance to Berkley Chapel (1330)
where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved
... and the stone mason has left a snail on a leaf!
Leading down to the Norman Cloisters ...

with beautiful stained glass story
The Chapter House (one of the oldest parts of the cathedral) is currently closed for restoration work
... but I couldn't resist a peak!
After having a bite of lunch in the Cathedral refectory I had a walk through the Cemetery Garden and left the Cathedral to cross the road to ...
St Marks, the Lord Mayor's Chapel - the only remaining building of the 13th century hospital of St Mark - founded in 1220 as a daughter house of St Augustine's Abbey (Bristol Cathedral)
... with a beautifully carved wooden ceiling and ornate memorials
The Becket Window depicts Archbishop Thomas Becket dates from 1830
Churches finished I'm now off to see some ancient residences.

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