Friday, June 19, 2015

Canterbury Cathedral, Interior, Anglophile Friday

interior...except for this shot, of course

The past two Anglophile Fridays have consisted of shots of the town of Canterbury and Canterbury Cathedral. Although I have many more photos of the glorious interior of Canterbury Cathedral, we are ending (for now) this Canterbury series with these few photos.

 Saint Michael's Chapel

I went to bed last night without scheduling this post to publish. And now I'm not quite so annoyed with myself for getting it up later than usual, because I just finished reading Mike's 'A Bit About Britain' post in which Stephen Langton is also mentioned. Be sure to catch that post about Magna Carta. 

(Saint Michael's Chapel)
Memorial Chapel for the Royal East Kent Regiment

Stone Stairway, worn down from centuries
of pilgrims on their way to Trinity Chapel
which used to contain the shrine of Saint Thomas.
(see below)

 The Thomas Becket Candle

For the story of Thomas Becket and King Henry II, the BBC has a good summary. It was written by an associate producer of Simon Schama's A History of Britain, so I figure it's possibly more reliable than Wikipedia, and besides, I love that series. Who doesn't like Simon Schama.

  On the sign:
"The candle burns where the shrine of St. Thomas of Canterbury
 stood from 1220 to 1538 when it was destroyed by order of King Henry VIII"

And a few more photos of the interior of Canterbury Cathedral:

And for you other Anglophiles, be sure to stop in at Martha Ellen's blog.  She and her husband recently took their dream cruise to England and she's blogging about it. You won't be disappointed.

Have a great weekend, friends!


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jerilanders said...

Just incredible, takes my breath away.I see nothing in contemporary architecture that even comes close to these structures of the past. I have watched "History of Britain" at least 4 times, but am due for another viewing. There is another fabulous series just released on Acorn called "Bloodiest Dynasty the Plantagenets".

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Have to put that one on my bucket list!

Terra said...

Magnificent in every way, right down to the tiles on the floor, and oh, the history. Thanks for the photo tour.

Arlene @Nanaland said...

How overwhelmingly magnificent. Off to visit the blog you suggested!! Thanks!

Denise said...

Oh it's just magnificent, Judy!! I wish we'd been able to see this when we were in England! I've featured Mike's blog, "A Bit About Britain" on my blog this week, if you'd care to pop by. I've enjoyed reading "A Bit About Britain" for a year or so now, and he kindly agreed to let me feature his blog. He mentioned having met you in an e-mail, so I started following your blog. Mike was very nice to work with and has such a good sense of humor. :)

I'll be on the lookout for Anglophile Fridays now (right up my alley). Have a great weekend!


Denise at Forest Manor

Sandra said...

oh MY, the flags, the floors, the arches and doors... all are amazing. so very very beautiful in there.

Susie said...

Judy, The beauty and history is beyond amazing. I love your pictures. Thank you so much for sharing them. Bless you, xoxo,Susie

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful photos of this gorgeous cathedral. I remember touring it in 1992 and I think there was a choir practicing while we were there which was so beautiful with the acoustics of the place. My photos are in albums and some have been scanned to our main computer as they are fading. Thanks for sharing these today as they brought back memories of our visit. Happy weekend!

Preppy Empty Nester said...

Judy... Again, how many times can I say it... your photos are gorgeous!!! I wish you would do a post on your camera and technique. I am in awe. Have a wonderful weekend.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely stunning.

Terri D said...

Well, I can't say it any better than your other friends here have said it. Gorgeous, breathtaking, beautiful, etc., etc. You know my thoughts on the amazing architecture and history. Wow. The BBC piece is quite interesting. Politics and power. The downfall of so many.

TexWisGirl said...

ornate and impressive place. :)

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Judy, your photos are just magnificent of Canterbury! I loved every one of them! It's a wonder anything was left in England after Henry VIII. So sad to think of all he had destroyed.
Thank you so much for mentioning my blog. ♥

Debbie said...

it is everything we have talked about and overwhelmingly beautiful!!! i see it a little differently with a brighter perspective!!!!!

Lorrie said...

This is a magnificent building and your photos really convey that. So much history. I have a prayer by Stephen Langton that I keep in my Bible.

Rose said...

So beautiful...I bet I could have spent all day photographing it.

Felicia said...

so very beautiful.

Tired Teacher said...

Amazing photos! It doesn't take much to stir my imagination to "see" the past come alive in those corridors and aisles.

Anonymous said...

I've been looking forward to these photos. Truly amazing. I've looked them over several times over. Thanks and have a wonderful weekend.

Diane said...

Triuly amazing!!

Margaret Birding For Pleasure said...

thank you for letting us see this magnificent cathedral. AMAZING. Have a lovely weekend.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Such gorgeous interior shots! Cathedrals such as this are just amazing. I will visit your friend Martha's blog, yes :)

Vee said...

Beautiful, always interesting and informative. I must go do due diligence with my homework now...

eileeninmd said...

Hello Judy, gorgeous images of this beautiful cathedral. It is amazing! Thanks for sharing your visit. Have a happy weekend!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

These are so beautiful Judy! The ones looking toward the alter with all the arches take my breath away. Thank you as always ... I do love these posts so much. And thanks for the links to the other blogs, I will try to drop by.

Carla from The River said...

Wow, great photos.
What are the sword like looking things hanging on the wall?

Alex said...

I enjoyed seeing these, each and every one. A couple of weeks back we were so close to Canterbury on a trip with my elderly father, we were unable to visit the Cathedral because he had a fall, unfortunately. Thanks for your recent visit, to my blog,Judy,have a good blog break.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Absolutely wonderful! I enjoyed everyy photo and loved the nod to the Magna Carta as I read Mike's post yesterday.


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