Carlisle Cathedral

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Carlisle Cathedral. (Click on the photo for added detail.)

A bit of a special post this week, sharing a few photos from our visit to Carlisle earlier this year. The beautiful city is a working market town of long standing, and one of its architectural gems is the (relatively small) cathedral, first built in the early 12th century. What you see today is a Gothic building, largely due to the works done in the 13th and 14th centuries.

As it turns out, the church was originally a monsatic priory, and later became a cathedral. Eventually, of course, with the dissolution of the monasteries in the 16th century, the cathedral was turned over to a secular chapter. Thankfully, the building was not destroyed.

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Carlisle Cathedral. (Click on the photo for added detail.)

Making these photos presented the usual difficulties. Church interiors tend to be dark, making it a challenge to get enough light on the sensor for an adequate exposure. Stained glass windows, and any part of the interior in direct lighting are much brighter, presenting a considerable range of intensities to manage. Then of course I didn’t have the church to myself; I avoided using a tripod to minimise disruption, so this required steady hands. In the wide angle photo above I also had to wait some considerable time until there was no one in frame. I think the results make these efforts worth while.

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Carlisle Cathedral. (Click on the photo for added detail.)

2 thoughts on “Carlisle Cathedral

  1. Superb informative post. Your images are a triumph particularly the ceiling. As you will know it is easy to join the line of the Roman Wall from the wonderful city of Carlisle.The 14th Pilgrimage to the wall starts next week. Thank you for sharing

    1. Thank you! Didn’t know there was a regular pilgrimage to the Roman wall. Who organises it, and is there any site with authoritative information about the pilgrimage?

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