Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln
..................obviously. Recommended even without the publicity which the film of 'The Da Vinci Code' will no doubt bring. Consecrated in 1092 and visible for 20 miles, it is a truly beautiful building. Make sure you allow time to visit the Chapter House (exquisite wall-paintings) and cloisters, and don't forget to look for the 'Lincoln Imp' (although cheats can put 20 pence into a machine to light him up!). Although it will cost you 4 GBP to get in, at least you klnow the money will go towards restoring and maintaining a wonderful building.
........in the cathedral. It's near the angel choir, and belongs to Bishop Richard Fleming, who died in 1431. It's unusual, because it is made up of two tiers...................the top one has the bishop in all his finery, the lower has his cadaver displayed in its winding sheet.
It can reasonably be argued that Lincoln Cathedral is one of the finest buildings in England.
Not only is it a building of impressive size, but it was also sited on top of a hill. This means that it can be see (in certain directions) from up to 20 miles away.
It was also the tallest bulding in the world for over 200 years (see seperate tip). Some of the fine architectural and artistic features are also mentioned in some of the other tips. These include the romanesque frieze and the Tournai font. In addition, don't miss the lincoln imp.
An absolute must-see in the truest sense.
The Romanesque (12 th century) frieze has been restored to it's former glory. It has taken about 17 years of sorting out, during which time the dominant image of the cathedral has been that of scaffolding. Boy, would I have liked the contract for that job.
What is left is probably only a small part of what Bishop Alexander installed, but isn't that always the case with with redecoration ?
Anyway, here is a list of the panels that can now be seen. The are situated over the doorways on the west front. Some great titles here.
1 Damned and Blessed Torments of sins in Hell, Lust
2 Torments of sins in Hell, Sodomy
3 Torments of sins in Hell, Avarice
4 Harrowing of Hell
5 The Elect in Heaven
6 Saved in Abraham's Bosom
7 Parable of Lazarus and Dives The Feast of Dives
8 Death of Lazarus and Dives in Hell
9 Adam and Eve Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Eden
10 Adam Cultivates
11 Eve with Child/ Spinning
12 Story of Noah God tells Noah to build the Ark
13 Noah builds the Ark
14 Later insertion of Daniel in the Lions Den
15 Disembarkation from the Ark/ God's covenant with Noah
The magnificent achievement of Lincoln Cathedral was the tallest building on the planet for about 250 years. Unfortunately during a storm in 1549 the central tower (reminds me of the tower of Babylon ?) collapsed.
If that had not happened it would still have been the highest until the Washington monument was completed in 1884.
No trip to Lincoln would be complete without a visit to Lincoln Cathedral.
Set high on a hillside overlooking the City it looks very impressive and can be seen from some directions for over 20 miles.
If you like historic architecture, the cathedral is worth taking a look at. If your not its still worth a the walk to the top of the hill just to browse around the quaint streets in that area.
Beautiful place to visit! That's where Da Vinci Code was filmed, it's a gothic cathedral and you can see it from anywhere in Lincoln.
Exchequer Gate is the main gateway to Lincoln Cathedral. It was built in the fourteenth century.
The treasures of Lincoln Cathedral include a thirteenth century gold chalice and paten and a seventh century bronze hanging bowl.
Lincoln's cathedral is a must-see for anyone touring the area. Completed in 1280, it is among the most beautiful cathedrals in England.
One of the major medieval cathedrals in England and at a stunning location on the only hill in the region. Also famous for its Lincoln Imp, one of the gargoyles which is a bit of a city mascot.