FROM STONEHENGE TO SALISBURY - DECEMBER 2004
«Around The Gherkin…» was the 100th post on this blog. So after contemporary architecture, I think it makes sense to review the early beginning!
According to Wikipedia, Stonehenge «is a henge, a Neolithic and Bronze Age megalithic monument located near Amesbury in the English county of Wiltshire, about 8 miles (13 km) north of Salisbury. It is composed of earthworks surrounding a circular setting of large standing stones and is one of the most famous prehistoric sites in the world. Archaeologists think that the standing stones were erected around 3200 BC and the surrounding circular earth bank and ditch, which constitute the earliest phase of the monument, have been dated to about 3100 BC. The site and its surroundings were added to the UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 1986 [...]».
"THE MENHIRS - Obelix was missing!"
"THE KINGS ARMS HOTEL, Salisbury, a nice place to have lunch"
"ST. ANN'S GATE - An entrance to the cathedral's grounds"
"SALISBURY CATHEDRAL - The Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Salisbury(its official name) is Britain's finest 13th Century Cathedral, has the tallest church spire in the United Kingdom (123 m), the best preserved of only four surviving original Magna Carta (1215), a unique 13th century stone frieze of bible stories in the Chapter House, the largest cloister in England, Europe's oldest working clock (1386), and the largest Cathedral Close in Britain"
"WEST FAÇADE - The building of the cathedral commenced when in 1220, and due to the high water table in its location, the cathedral was built on only four feet of foundations! By 1258 the nave, transepts and choir were complete, the west front being finished by 1265. Because the cathedral was built in only 38 years, the Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary has only a single architectural style, Early English Gothic. Salisbury is one of only three English cathedrals to lack a ring of bells, the others being Norwich Cathedral and Ely Cathedral"