While visiting Lincoln’s Castle, I noticed another attraction which towers above the histroical heart of the City. Lincoln’s majestic Cathedral soars into the sky and domimates the surrounding area, even the Castle fades into the background. I hadn’t come with the intention of snapping the Cathedral, but the Castle is having restoration works carried out and the one thing I wanted to do was photograph the City from the Castle walls, but this was not possible. After exploring and snapping everything that you could snap in the Castle, I still felt not quite satisfied….photo wise. My eyes turned to the Cathedral whose towers loomed up over the Castle walls………next stop outside the west front of the Cathedral.
The view from the Castle grounds of the west front with the Cathedral towers.
The following is a short potted history taken from a notice board in front of the Cathedral……The west front is the traditional entry point. Lincoln’s first Bishop was Remigius a monk from Normandy, he began the building of the church in 1072.
The Norman Cathedral….. the first Cathedral was slightly narrower, but much shorter than todays building. Built of Lincolnshire limestone which was quarried nearby. The stone is millions of years old and contains fossils which you can see on the west front. This huge ornate facade contains three massive arches, which is all that remains of the original Cathedral completed in 1092. This building was a fortress as well as a church.
When the Cathedral was badly damaged in 1140 the restoration included the addition frieze along the west front. The frieze originally brightly painted, consisted of scenes from the Bible about what happened to the damned on the left and to the saved on the right, a sort of choice for the pilgrim, it is very rare.
I popped inside the Cathedral quickly, to take a few shots, as it was really the exterior that I wanted to record on this visit. We have been inside the Cathedral at Christmas when Lincoln has the Christmas Market in the Castle grounds, in the evening when it gets dark, the candles are lit and with the choir singing it truly is a majestic place.
On the way back to the car having spent a really lovely day in Lincoln, I came upon this beautiful swan and he reminded me of the Cathedral, so majestic in all his glory.