Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Canterbury Cathedral #1 ...

... map Canterbury Cathedral ...
source: canterbury cathedral

It is the motherchurch of the Anglican Communion, seat of 
the Archbishop. You’ll be able to discover stunning stained glass,
an eleventh century crypt, Fourteenth Century Nave. 
The Cathedral’s history goes back to 597AD when St Augustine,
sent by Pope Gregory the Great as a missionary, established 
his seat (or ‘Cathedra’) in Canterbury. In 1170 Archbishop
Thomas Becket was murdered in the Cathedral and ever since,

the Cathedral has attracted thousands of pilgrims,
as told famously in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. 
source: canterbury-cathedral.org
... Canterbury Cathedral from the city entrance ...
... West Towers, Bell Harry Tower and South-West Porch ...
... West Window (c.1180-1200; c.1399),
21 large windows plus 44 small tracery lights ...
source: sacreddestinations.com
... the present Nave (1377‭ ‬to‭ ‬1405)...
... its the sheer height and slenderness of the columns 
that really grab your attention within the nave  ...
source: britainexpress.com
... archaeological investigations under the nave floor in‭ ‬1993
 ‬revealed the foundations of the original Saxon cathedral,
 ‬which had been built across a‭ ‬former Roman road ...
source: en.wikipedia.org
... tall columns rise up like an avenue of trees
to meet in delicate vaulted arches ...
... the Romanesque Nave was replaced in the 14th century by 
the one we see today. Its tall columns rise to meet in delicate 
vaulted arches and gilt roof bosses high over our heads. 
It is one of the most magnificent surviving examples of 
English Perpendicular Gothic, designed by Henry Yevele,
the King’s Master mason ...
source: canterbury-cathedral.org
... located at the north west corner of the nave. The marble 
Baptismal font (1639) was donated by John Warner, Bishop
of Rochester.  In 1642 Cromwell's soldiers smashed the font,
but the pieces were saved and it was reassembled
and put back in 1662 ...
source: britainexpress.com
... the Victorian pulpit (1898) designed by George Bodley.
The pulpit honors the memory of Dr. Robert Payne-Smith 
who was Dean between 1871 and 1895. figures of
Sts. Augustine and Gregory flank the stairway ....
source: faculty.de.gcsu.edu
Compass Rose (‬1988‭)  
... placed in the Nave‭ in front of the Nave altar ...
‭by keithraesengraver.co.uk - official website
engraver craftsman: Keith Raes,
‭designed by architect Giles Blomfield ...

The Compass Rose of the Anglican Communion ...
The center of the Compass Rose contains the cross of 
St. George and is surrounded by the inscription in Greek,
"The truth shall set you free." The points of a compass reflect 
the spread of Anglican Christianity throughout the world. 
The mitre at the top indicates the role of Episcopacy and 
Anglican Order that is at the heart of the traditions 
of the Churches of the Communion ...
‭... The Compass Rose as the symbol of the world wide Anglican 
communion was the idea of the late Canon Edward West 
of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York ...
source: compassrosesociety.org
... the first Cathedral in Canterbury was built
 by St Augustine in around 597 ...