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Friday, November 20, 2009

Wells Cathedral

Wells Cathedral is rightly celebrated as one of the UK's most beautiful churches.

The cathedral was built between 1175 and 1490 and is the seat of the Bishop of Bath and Wells, who resides at the nearby Bishop's Palace. There is evidence that there has been a church at this site since the 8th century.

Wells Cathedral

The magnificent West Front, which dates from around 1230, is one of the largest galleries of medieval sculpture in the world. From the bottom, biblical scenes are depicted rising to kings, bishops and angels until the twelve apostles and Christ at the very top.

Wells Cathedral

The magnificent Chapter House (1306) has a series of worn steps up to this most sumptuous meeting room. The octagonal shaped room was used (and still is on occasion) to discuss cathedral business. Before the stairs to the entrance to the Chapter House is the Wells Cathedral clock which is said to be the second oldest clock in England after the clock in Salisbury Cathedral and was probably built by the same clock-makers as the two clocks are very similar in style.

Chapter House, Wells Cathedral

The spectacular Scissor Arches were a medieval solution to sinking tower foundations and were inserted in the 14th century to stabilize the structure.

Scissor Arches

The Scissor Arches support the weight of the central tower.

Wells Cathedral

The church holds assembly for the nearby Wells Cathedral School, which was founded in the 10th century to educate choristers.

Wells Cathedral

The cathedral has a friendly shop and Chapter Two cafe and restaurant located on the first floor of the New Entry Cloister.

Wells Cathedral
Cathedral Offices
Chain Gate
Cathedral Green
Wells
Somerset
BA5 2UE
Tel: 01749 674483

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