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Durham Cathedral

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Durham Cathedral

World Heritage site

Durham Cathedral is perhaps the greatest Norman building in Europe, and until thirty-two years ago South Shields sat within the County of Durham’s boundaries so it was natural to make frequent visits to your county town or city.

The cathedral church of Christ, St. Mary the Virgin, and St. Cuthbert, is located on a high promontory overlooking the River Wear with it’s castle located nearby, the cathedral has been voted Britain’s best loved building, and it houses the bodies of three northern saints (the Venerable Bede, Saint Cuthbert, and Saint Oswald). Building of the cathedral started in 1090 and was largely completed by 1130. The circumference of the pillars supporting the nave is identical to their height, I’m always left astounded by that fact. Just how did builders in 1090 know how to design in that way?

This picture is a combination of two frames at 28 mm, 1/3 second shutter speed at f4, iso 200, sandwiched and blended with a few adjustment layers for levels and colour balance. Photography is not allowed within the cathedral so these were “sneaked” through an opening in my coat, hence the distinct lack of sharpness,  (I did however leave a generous donation to atone for my sins.)


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Written by curly

April 6, 2009 at 12:01 am

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  1. You might like to know that photography is allowed in the Cathedral with a permit. But thanks for the donation!


    April 6, 2009 at 8:55 am

  2. Your wonderful photo brings back memories of Durham Big Meeting Day Service in the Cathedral full of miners and their families, with banners, brass band and police horseback riders in the Cathedral for the service.

    Wonderful. I often wonder if there are photos of that colourful scene anywhere.

    Mrs K

    April 6, 2009 at 11:33 pm

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