Monday, 22 August 2016

Winchester Cathedral


After many years of visiting Winchester, we finally went inside the Cathedral!

Initially when entering, the lily-scented Cathedral appears to be much shorter on the inside than the outside but this is because you can't see past the quire and Great Screen but the rest of the Cathedral is revealed as you walk around the Altar.  Heightwise, as you can see below, it just stretches up and up.

The stained glass window above and below is unusual as it was destroyed by Parliamentary troops during the English Civil War and rebuilt in 1660 using shattered glass from around the Cathedral. Now it is an abstract reminder of what had gone before.

The ornate quire is the oldest of the great medieval quires to survive mainly unaltered.

The 15th Century screen with 19th Century statues stands behind the High Altar and looks really impressive, do zoom in to see the detail.

The famous Novelist Jane Austen is buried in the Cathedral.

It's always a good idea to look up to appreciate the different ceiling decoration.

Of course, you've got to look down as well as there were loads of different tiles too.

Here and there 12th Century wall decoration still exists, how fantastic is that.

I should have taken a photo of the late 20th Century Icons by Sergei Fyodorov in the Retrochoir at the far end and I definitely should have photographed the Holy Hole, a tiny arch shaped hole that pilgrims used to crawl through to be near the bones of the patron saint of the Cathedral, St Swithun.  If you would like to read more about St Swithun, his famous jewel-bedecked shrine and the myths surrounding him, have a look at this link.

Down in the crypt Antony Gormley's Sound II looked really striking. The crypt floods in rainy weather so sometimes he is up to his knees in water.

Here's the cathedral outside - not one of my photos.

Our entrance ticket lasts for a year, so maybe we'll be able to pop back another day soon.



  1. Certainly a beautiful place to visit. Well worth another visit I would say. take care.

    1. Definitely, I want to see the statue in the crypt when it's flooded now!

  2. Wow, wow, wow! I had no idea it was so gorgeous inside! Amazing photos.

    1. It's lovely isn't it but so big to get it all in a photo!

  3. A lovely tour around the cathedral and I'm glad you shared the plaque for Jane Austen.

  4. Such a beautiful place, impressive, interesting and tranquil all at the same time.
    Cathy x

  5. A lovely tour, thank you. I have never been but would like to - The Best Beloved has a lovely set of photos of Winchester which he took when he visited with a former girlfriend and I sometimes gently rib him about the fact that he took her but he's never taken me! x

    1. Ha ha I'm amazed we haven't been inside before as we've been there so often. Hopefully you'll get a trip there one day. x