The Lantern Tower
Just one of the beautiful stained glass windows in the Cathedral.
I have wanted to visit Ely Cathedral for a very long time, and was thrilled when my husband took me up there in July. We left home early one morning and arrived in Ely about 11.30. The Cathedral appears across the Fens as you drive towards the city, looking exactly like a ship which is the reason for its nickname.
The front of the Cathedral.
A lovely place for a picnic on a sunny day.
The main door into the building.
We drove into the first car park we came too because the navigator (me) missed the turning to the Park and Ride….imagine our surprise to find that, not only is Ely a tiny little city but the car parking is free, which made a good start to our day. We could see the Cathedral over the rooftops so we walked into the City Centre. Ely (Island of the Eels) has a very peaceful atmosphere, and because of its size bears no resemblance to any other city that I know.
The sight that greets you as you enter the Cathedral.
A side Chapel with wonderful flags many of them very old.
I am standing under the Lantern Tower here looking back to the entrance.
One of the side aisles – the roof was brightly painted at one stage.
A cup of coffee was the most important thing on the agenda, we found a lovely little cafe, which backed onto the Cathedral Green, so we could feast our eyes while satisfying our thirst!!
You can just see the remains of the ceiling painting in this photo.
Just breath taking!
Wonderful ceiling decoration.
The Cathedral is a wonderful building with two towers, the Octagon Tower and the West Tower. Originally there was a Norman Central Tower which fell down in 1322 and was replaced by The Octagon Tower, which is an unique structure, and is awe inspiring to see.
The modern cross at the West end of the Cathedral, showing the irregular path that each of us takes through life.
Looking up, the South West transept, wonderful architecture.
An amazing Norman archway.
We spent some time wandering around the Cathedral and booked the tour round the Octagon Tower for later in the day. The tours round the West Tower were going to be too late for us, so sadly we did not get to see that tower, but we were assured that the Octagon Tower was the best one to go round.
Looking through The Choir to the main Altar.
Looking back to the entrance from the Altar. You can just see where the Octagon Tower is at the top of this photo, more about that in the next blog.
Looking down the South Choir Aisle towards the entrance.
As usual with my blogs I am going to let my photos so the talking, but I have decided to do two blogs on this amazing building, the next blog will show you the inside (and outside) of the Lantern Tower, as we go on a tour.
The Lady Chapel, the largest Lady Chapel I have seen, and it is the largest one attached to any British cathedral.
The doorway from the Lady Chapel, looking along the Processional Way which leads back into the main part of the Cathedral.
beautifully enclosed spiral staicase.
The organ in the Choir.
By the Altar.
The carving above The Prior’s Door
And one of the two figures guarding the doorway.