Cathedral : Michelin's recommendations
The style of the first cathedral (1072-1092) was Norman throughout. It was re-roofed in 1141 following a fire. In 1185, Hugh of Avallon, a French monk, built the present Early English cathedral following an earthquake which virtually destroyed the original Norman buildings. Few cathedrals have achieved the impressive proportions of the grandiose Lincoln Cathedral which is visible for miles around. The west front, of admirable proportions, is composed of central Norman sections, surrounded by several storeys of blind arcading. Lincoln limestone and Purbeck marble create piers of contrasting texture in the spacious, harmonious interior. The nave is composed of seven bays with impressive Victorian stained glass. The windows of the Dean's Eye (13C stained glass) and Bishop's Eye flood the transept crossing with light. Other interesting features include a 14C stone screen, St Hugh's Choir, 14C stall misericords and the famous "crazy vault of Lincoln", the first purely decorative rib-vault in Europe and curiously asymmetrical. The 13C cloister, with wooden vaulting, is also open to visitors as well as Christopher Wren's library and the 13C Chapter House with a vault springing from a central pillar.
- Address : Priorygate GB - Lincoln LN2 1PLLN2 1PLLincoln
- Phone : 01522544544
- Prices : free of charge