Lincoln Cathedral, Lincolnshire

Full dedication: Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Became a Cathedral in 1072

Lincoln Cathedral is one of the crowning glories of English architecture. You would be hard pushed to find a more elegant structure anywhere in the World.

It was founded as a Cathedral not long after the Norman Conquest.  All but the west front and the two west towers was destroyed in an earthquake, of all things, in 1185.  Rebuilding was commenced almost immediately in more Gothic style by Bishop Hugh of Avalon, and the bulk was completed 150 years later. The central tower was added in 1311 and soars to an immense 524 feet.  Amazingly each of the towers was once crowned by a spire.

Even without the spires the sight of Lincoln Cathedral and the Castle across the hill from it when seen from a distance is one to inspire awe in the most hard-hearted of souls.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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