We were in Salisbury early in the New Year visiting our younger daughter and meeting up with my sister to sort out the last of our Mothers affairs and possessions after her death back in the summer. Sad and happy times, a mixture of emotions as we sorted through things and stirred many memories.
While we were there I was determined to make a visit to the Cathedral, as it was some years since we had last done so and I had not yet had the opportunity to photograph the infinity font which was installed in 2008. Of course I also took a few other photos to share in a Travel Tale post.
Before we even went inside we came across something else interesting we had not seen before and first were unable to work out what it was all about. The next photo shows the sort of sculptures one expects to see on the outside of the Cathedral, along with one that came as a complete surprise. What was your initial reaction?
We really thought he was real at first, but how could he be, then one of us noticed the board behind with the following explanation.
We then went inside via the attractive cloisters.
The Cathedral was still decorated for the festive season so not only was I able to get the photos I came for but some of the Christmas decorations as well.
Finally one of the many beautiful stained glass windows, unfortunately it was not a sunny day.
All photos are my own taken in January 2012.
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These photos may also be viewed individually in my Travel Tales Collection at My Flickr.com account.
Salisbury Cathedral, once known as the Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary was built between 1220 and 1258 and is considered a fine example of early English architecture. At 123m or 404ft the spire is the tallest church spire in the UK, it also has the largest cloister area and largest Cathedral Close.
In 2008 when the Cathedral celebrated its 750th anniversary the Baptismal Font was consecrated in the September. Designed by William Pye, a water sculptor, it is the Cathedral's first permanent font for over 150 years. It beautifully combines both movement and stillness across its three metre span, with water flowing from its four corners, whilst the smooth mirrored surface reflects the surroundings.
For more information on Salisbury Cathedral please refer to the Official Website or Salisbury CathedralWikipedia. or for information specifically about the font A modern treasure