Salisbury Cathedral #12
April 2012. Salisbury, Wiltshire, England.
Salisbury Cathedral was built in a mere 38 years (1220 - 1258), in a single architectural style, early English Gothic. The tower and spire (Britain’s tallest) were added from 1310-1330. Home to the best preserved of four surviving original Magna Carta, sealed by King John in 1215, Salisbury Cathedral is more than an historical monument. It is a dynamic working church, mother church of the Diocese of Salisbury. Unlike in other cathedrals and churches I visited, photography is allowed, except for in the Chapter House where the Magna Carta is displayed.
This is the tomb of William Longespee, illegitimate son of King Henry II and half brother of King John. Present at the laying of the foundation stones in 1220, he died in 1226, and became the first person to be buried in the cathedral. What a final resting place!
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