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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Exeter Cathedral Exeter

Exeter Cathedral is formally known as "The Cathedral Church of St. Peter in Exeter". The construction of Exeter Cathedral began in 1112 AD in the Norman style but a major rebuild between 1270 and 1350 converted Exeter Cathedral to the Decorated Gothic style.

Exeter Cathedral Exeter

Exeter Cathedral is well known for the three rows of sculptures decorating its facade (see below). These sculptures are in varying degrees of deterioration.

Exeter Cathedral Exeter

The interior of Exeter Cathedral features the magnificent Bishop's Throne (see below) which is 18 meters tall.

Exeter Cathedral Exeter

Exeter Cathedral is equally well known for its ceiling or "vault" which was designed as a vision of heaven. This vault extends for 96 meters and is the longest of its kind in the world. This style of vaulting is called "tierceron".

Exeter Cathedral Exeter

The vault incorporates round stones called "bosses". The boss in the center below shows the murder of St. Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170.

Exeter Cathedral Exeter

Exeter Cathedral is located in the city of Exeter within the Cathedral Close.
Tel: 01392 285983

© 2010 John Westby

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