Wells Cathedral : Michelin's recommendations
Wells was the first cathedral in the Early English style; it took more than three centuries to build, from 1175 to 1508. The screen front, 46 m across, is twice as wide as it is tall and has one of the richest displays of sculpture in England. Dating from the 13C, it has no less than 300 statues. Three 15C gates lead into the Green and the spectacular view of the cathedral exterior. On the south side of the cathedral stands the 700-year-old Bishop's Palace, stoutly walled and encircled by a moat. A superb view can be had from the cathedral chevet. On entering the nave, the most striking feature is the scissor arching at the crossing, built between 1338 and 1348. Note the capitals and, in the chancel, the medieval Jesse or Golden Window as it is known. In the retro choir, a profusion of ribs emerge as supports for the intricate tierceron vaulting. The star vault in the Lady Chapel, a polygon, is crowned by a finely painted boss. The octagonal Chapter House, dating from 1306, has a central pier with 32 ribs fanning out to meet those rising from each angle of the encircling octagonal rib.
- Address : Market Place GB - Wells BA5 2PABA5 2PAWells
- Phone : 01749674483
- E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website : http://www.wellscathedral.org.uk
- Prices : free of charge