Local Heart, Global Soul

September 19, 2013

These Alcoves Are Not Just Any Old Nooks And Crannies…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Continuing my posts from Canterbury Cathedral as per my recent posts as I detail our last summer’s visit to Canterbury  in Kent, England.

Various notable people are buried in the Cathedral and many of their tombs are located in alcoves around the walls.

However, these  alcoves are not just any nooks and crannies…

…like much of the Cathedral they are richly decorated and once again I’m amazed at the skill of the stonemasons, who managed to carve out intricate detail in, and through the stone.

I’m wishing I’d bought a tripod with me because the light is low in various sections of the Cathedral and it’s hard to get a sharp photograph.

The three dimensional shapes are amazing and there are details even in places where you least expect it, like on the inside of the internal  arches.

Ok, of course on a practical level the effigies of the people are in stone and their real remains are interred in caskets below, but if I had to rest for eternity in one of these and in theory face looking at this decoration forever and ever, I would most certainly be Resting in Peace.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

http://www.canterbury-cathedral.org/visit/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canterbury_Cathedral

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