Cathedral : Michelin's recommendations
The long perspective of the 14C nave as seen from the lower sides of the choir display the development f three centuries of gothic style. The simplicity of the Perpendicular style of the nave itself contrasts with the work of the two Williams, characterised by an abundance of polished Purbeck marble: the dark colours contrast with the pale chalkstone. In the left transept stands the Martyr of Becket, commemorated by the "Altar of the Sword's Tip". The medieval stained glass windows are admirable, in particular those in the large western window of the nave (12C) and those of the Redemption (13C) behind the altar. Among the most interesting tombs are that of the Black Prince and, to the north, the elaborate alabaster tomb of Henry IV. In the choir, you will see the mid-15C rood screen, the main altar and the marble throne of Saint Augustin (13C), which is traditionally used to enthrone the archbishop, primate of England. The 12C crypt contains rich pieces from the Cathedral Treasury: the elaborate rood screen of the Chapel of Our Lady of the Crypt and a collection of splendid capitals. The right transept houses the funerary chapel of the Black Prince, which later became the Huguenot church. Today, it is still used for services conducted in French. The galleries of the grand cloister were rebuilt in the Perpendicular style in around 1400. The eastern gallery leads to the capitulary room, which is topped by a high oak roof on diagonal ribs.
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