I recently visited Lincoln. It's where my husband grew up and it has one of the most impressive cathedrals in Europe - it's definitely on my list of favourites. The cathedral is on top of a very steep hill in the old part of the city - the street leading to it is called Steep Hill - and boy is it steep! Arriving breathless at the top of the hill, this is what you see:
|The Cathedral is close to the old town buildings. Imagine those towers with huge spires on the top!|
|Massive central tower|
|Detail of the cathedral's west front|
Inside it is vast. I've been inside when all the chairs have been removed, leaving a huge space, just as cathedral's used to be in the middle ages. The congregation milled around in the space and there was no seating. This time when I was there it was filled with rows of modern moulded plastic chairs. It's better when it's left empty.
The cloister encloses a grassed area, and is open to walk around. Having a liking for cloisters I took a couple of photos:
It was late afternoon and candles had already been lit in the choir area. The choir had come in to have a short rehearsal before evensong and the sound of their voices soared around the magnificent building, which was almost empty of visitors at that time of the day.
|The choir in rehearsal|
|The quiet sanctuary|
|This old bridge over the the River Witham is part of the High Street - there are shops on the other side|
|Brayford Pool, Lincoln's very own Swan Lake|