Durham Cathedral : Michelin's recommendations
In the nave, one's first impression is a sensation of the great power and sobriety of the place. Great supports decorated with geometrical motifs alternate with engaged column pillars, all linked by full arches supporting the gallery, high windows and a superb vault with intersecting ribs that shows the first use of gothic arches. In the right arm of the transept stands an extraordinary 16C clock in bright colours. In the choir, behind the delicate 14C stone rood-screen, you will see the reliquary of St Cuthbert. The chapel of nine altars was added later in the Early English style. This building, with a raised floor and incredibly tall lancet windows, reveals an innovative preoccupation with lightness and vertical lines. At the western end of the building, perched right on the edge of the rock, stands the Galilee Chapel containing the tomb of Bede the Venerable (d. 735), the first historian in England. From the top of the central spire, magnificent views that further show off the spectacular nature of the city. Around the cloister, there is a group of buildings that were once the abbey. You can see the monks' quarters and the Cathedral Treasury, with its collection of Anglo-Saxon embroidery, precious objects, manuscripts and the relics of St Cuthbert.