Wednesday, 22 August 2007

Ely Cathedral.

The Blessed Sacrament Chapel.

Romanesque arches in the nave.

St Etheldredas tomb, the reason for the churches existence.

The old theological College.

The Old Fire Engine House, where I had a very good lunch afterwards.

The Lantern.

Organ in the Choir.

Organ, lantern and nave ceiling.

Horrendous new statue in the Lady Chapel.

Nave ceiling.

Ely, in Cambridgeshire, is a small town on the 'fens', that very flat expanse of marshland which is famous for it's sheep and it's churches. Once very wealthy farmers would endow the Church with great buildings to the glory of God. These extravagent edifices became known as 'wool churches' due to their provenance. The most breathtaking of these, indeed in my opinion the most beathtaking of all English Cathedrals, is Ely Cathedral. It is so well known to many, at least from the outside, that here are some pictures of, if not forgotten corners, at least some of the more unique views. My favourite feature is the great lantern in the crossing, but I am a great lantern fan, so here are pictures of that. other notable features are the ceiling of the nave, the organ and the Nave arches, which together help to give the church a rather Romanesque look which happily reminded me of a French Abbey.