Cathedral : Michelin's recommendations
Built between 1220-1258, Salisbury Cathedral epitomises Early English architecture at its best and purest. Heightening of the tower and the construction of the 123 m-high spire were part of a second phase (1334-1380). The weight of the spire was such that buttresses were added, although this did not prevent the crossing piers from buckling a noticeable 9 cm. The spire was conceived largely by Elias of Derham. The materials used included silvery-grey limestone from Chilmark and Purbeck marble. The west transept is splendid and the sheer size of the nave makes it particularly impressive. Inside are the tomb chests of William Longuespée (D 1226), St Osmond (d 1099) and the oldest working clock in England (c 1386). The blue window in Trinity Chapel, dedicated to Prisoners of Conscience (1980) is by Gabriel Loire, a stained glass craftsman from Chartres. A roof tour needs considerable puff (120 steps) but the fine view of Old Sarum is rewarding. The magnificent Cloister, started in 1263, is in Decorated style. The Chapter House contains an Old Testament frieze, restored in the 19C, and, upstairs, one of the four original copies of King John's Magna Carta.
- Address : 33 The Close GB - Salisbury SP1 2EJSP1 2EJSalisbury
- Phone : 01722555120
- E-mail : email@example.com
- Website : http://www.salisburycathedral.org.uk
- Prices : free of charge