Friday, November 17, 2017

More Photos of Canterbury Cathedral - Anglophile Friday

 Canterbury Cathedral Gate

This is another installment of our September/October England trip with my brother and his wife. A few weeks ago I showed you a few photos of the exterior of Canterbury Cathedral covered with scaffolding, and a few interior shots of the cathedral. So today, I have other photos to share, most of which I'm not thrilled with because of my new camera. What was I thinking! But, oh well.

Pulpit with Canopy or Tester overhead

 At the front of the nave, looking eastward toward the rood screen

 Past (east of) the rood screen into the choir (quire)

 Some tourist got into my photo.

Actually, that's my brother with his audioguide. Isn't he cute?
We all had audioguides, which are very helpful.

 High Altar

 Entrance, south
Steps with many centuries of wear
Becket Memorial
Becket Flame

If you don't know the story of Henry II and Thomas Becket, you can read it HERE . It's a tragic story of friendship, allegiance vs. conscience, and misunderstanding.

 Burial of Christ


"Items that are crafted for the Cathedral or given as gifts often have a tale to tell too. One such item is the bronze Burial of Christ statue located in the Corona also known as the Chapel of the Saints and Martyrs of our Time. It stands on a plinth to the left of the chapel.

"Collections revealed close up The statue consists of four figures carrying the body of Christ wrapped in a shroud. It is thought that the figures may represent apostles carrying Jesus to his burial place after his crucifixion. This is a popular subject in religious artwork and has been depicted notably by Michelangelo and Caravaggio amongst others. The statue really captures the struggle that the four figures are experiencing, both physically and emotionally; three are looking ahead of them, their faces lined with grief, whilst the fourth holds his head in his hands. Their clothes are thought to be a traditional dish-dash or thawb, a traditional African garment."  Read more about this sculpture HERE

 St. Eustace mural

"This wall painting, dating from around 1480, was uncovered in 1830 when lime wash was removed from the wall of the north aisle of the choir.  It shows the story of St Eustace, a legendary Christian martyr who lived in the second century AD.  The setting is a series of wooded landscapes with details of ships, hamlets, churches, castles, monkeys, and a river meandering to the sea.  The story starts at the bottom, with Eustace on his knees before his quarry, a white stag, between whose horns can be seen an image of Christ.  It ends with Eustace and his family roasted to death in a large bull placed over a fire (!)" - from

Some of the beautiful architecture
and stained glass

 Ancient monks' dormitory
within the cathedral close


 Another time, without scaffolding on the west end

 Fun traveling companions!

And see that sign?
Nicholson's. They're everywhere!

I think we'll now move on from Canterbury, although I could have stayed there a very long time. And I love that cathedral. As I've said many times in the past, it is truly an awe-inspiring house of worship.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Judy, I think your photos are lovely! And Canterbury Cathedral is magnificent. It is on our bucket list--maybe one day! Very meaningful steps...I love that you included them among the spires and quires. There is so much meaning in a cathedral--I could spends hours and hours. ♥

Sandra said...

I don't see anything wrong with these photos.. you and the camera did great. all that stunning architecture just blows my mind. i always go through photos on the lightbox before i read, when i got to the burial of Christ, without knowing what it was, i thought it was a monk crying over how to heat or ac all those tall ceilings or how to dust it all... which is what i thought as i looked. it is stunning but thinking of caring for it is a mind boggler. also since i am giving my unsolicited opinions of another countries gorgeous buildings, why did they build the hotel so very different than the cathedral..

Cathy said...

I know nothing about any of that. Thank you for sharing. It was interesting and so beautiful.

Terri D said...

Such grandeur! I think your new camera did just fine. Breathtaking.

The Furry Gnome said...

Went there once and got myself driving the rental car on a pedestrian only street - ever embarassing!

Judy S. said...

Nice memories, eh? Have a nice THanksgiving, Judy.

Deborah Montgomery said...

Such incredible craftsmanship. Awe-inspiring. Our next book in book club is Pillars of the Earth. I've read it before. About the building of a medieval cathedral. Have you read it?

Lynne said...

Loved this . . .
Stunning beauty . . .
Especially appreciated the lime wash beautiful art.
Sacred reverence . . .

This N That said...

Beautiful architecture Judy..wonderful pictures..thanks for sharing..Enjoy the coming week..Have a blessed Thanksgiving..

Carla from The River said...

Beautiful photos!!! You did great capturing the beauty. Thank you for the information too.

Susie said...

Judy, The beauty , the history almost more than I can take in. The smoothness of the steps from all those years of wear, unbelievable. I would have had to run my hand along the walls, the railings, the steps. You have seen some awesome sights. Blessings to you and yours for a happy thanksgiving day. xoxo, Susie

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Cindy said...

That cathedral is absolutely stunning!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Amazing...something we can only imagine! So glad you shared your photos and gave us some history too! Sweet hugs, Diane

Pamela Gordon said...

Hi Judy. I enjoyed seeing more of Canterbury in this post. It's been so long since we toured this beautiful cathedral and I don't remember as much about it as I thought. The beauty and size of it are unforgettable as is the memorial to Beckett but, the other things escape me. Perhaps it was because we were with our friends and our kids so I didn't take it all in, like the wall painting. Wonderful photos! Pam

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

What an incredible trip for you to take! Such a beautiful building, hard to imagine how magnificent it must be inside! I think your camera did a fine job!

Maggie said...

Such a pleasure to sit here quietly and revisit Canterbury Cathedral today, seeing it through your eyes was a wonderful experience as I had forgotten what an amazing architectural and historical treasure it is. My favourite image is if the derelict monks quarters, your camera captured it beautifully in my opinion.
Thank you for sharing your exciting trip with us on Mosiac Monday this week.

Anonymous said...

It was nice to see the pictures. Amazing shots!

Angie said...

I have visited many cathedrals in England, and it was a delight to see Canterbury Cathedral this way. I am always astonished by the workmanship given the time frames these were built - your camera showed the architecture so well! Thank you!


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