Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Vacation 2010 Day 11: King's College Chapel

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While I was in Cambridge I took one of the guided walking tours on offer so I could get inside the chapel at King's College.

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It has the largest fan vault ceiling in the world as well as some wonderful stained glass.

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Construction began in 1446 and it took more than a century to complete, spanning the reigns of Henry VI, Edward IV, Richard III, Henry VII, and Henry VIII.

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The Master Mason John Wastell was the architect of the ceiling which was constructed in just 3 years. It has been called "the noblest stone ceiling in existence".

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The superb organ dates from the 17th Century.

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The chapel escaped damage during WWII but the stained glass was removed and repaired as a precautionary measure.

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The detailing is also incredible.

2 comments:

  1. Lovely pics! I took some from the roof, if you're interested: http://picasaweb.google.com/100555110401367442661/CambridgeViewsFromKingSChapelRoof?feat=directlink. I'm also an Englishman and very frequent traveller to Japan, so please do have a look at my blog.

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