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The Medieval Lantern


Way back in 1322 disaster struck Ely Cathedral when the Norman Central Tower collapsed, destroying the choir and other parts of the building. The sacristan, Alan of Walsingham, had responsibility for the cathedral, designed and had built the Octagon Lantern, one of the wonders of medieval engineering. The Lantern is 170 feet above the floor of the cathedral and is itself 142 feet high.

The Medieval Lantern


Way back in 1322 disaster struck Ely Cathedral when the Norman Central Tower collapsed, destroying the choir and other parts of the building. The sacristan, Alan of Walsingham, had responsibility for the cathedral, designed and had built the Octagon Lantern, one of the wonders of medieval engineering. The Lantern is 170 feet above the floor of the cathedral and is itself 142 feet high.

comments (10)

  • alex
  • United States
  • 20 Apr 2010, 02:01
This picture is a wonderful optical illusion for me. I keep seeing that the opening in the top of the cathedral isn't an opening, but is a structure hanging down into the main part of the cathedral. Interesting!
Les Auld: It does have that quality Alex, thanks for the comment.
I remember this and being bowled over by it when I saw it. I didn't get a decent picture though. You did!
Les Auld: Thanks Bill, it is rather magnificent.
  • Nadiuska
  • Netherlands
  • 20 Apr 2010, 09:44
Nice!

Like the perspective grin
Les Auld: Thanks smile
I was hoping you would show this Les, isn't it a wonderful bit of engineering.
Les Auld: I think the word is magnificant Brian, thanks for the comment.
Excellent shot Les, this is an amazing structure smile
Les Auld: It is Linda, and a medieval marvel. Thanks for the comment.
wonderful shot Les
Les Auld: Thanks Derek. smile
wow! this is sort of dizzying...absolutely beautiful and great perspective smile
Les Auld: I see just what you mean Charles, thanks for the comment.
Ooh..A vertigo job..A beautiful image les.
Les Auld: Definitely high Ron, thanks for the comment.
Impressive architecture. Your 10mm seems to be enjoy for this framing!
Bertrnad
Les Auld: Wide angle lens were made for this, thanks for the comment.
Wow - great angle Les smile
Les Auld: Great roof though Pamela, thanks for the comment.

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