I’ve been in many cathedrals, but walking into Exeter Cathedral UK was somehow different. It is architecturally beautiful. Stunning. As are they all.
But this place is alive and vibrant.
Looking up to the vaulted ceiling you can’t miss the wonderful and vibrant banners hanging, using the vast space to proclaim that this is indeed a place of living faith.
Its visual beauty is a story in stone and glass, embroidery and wood of the faith that built it; a faith which is alive and well and can be experienced here every day. And if you need further evidence of this, simply visit Exeter Cathedral site
and now for a little history…
Exeter Cathedral, the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter, is an Anglican cathedral, in the city of Exeter, Devon, in South West England. It is one of the great cathedrals of England, and one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture anywhere. It has the longest uninterrupted medieval gothic vaulting in the world.
Originally a Norman Cathedral stood in this place, but the gothic one we see today, was opened in 1400 AD.
However, the Chapel of St james no longer stands, for on 4 May 1942 an early-morning air raid took place over Exeter. The cathedral sustained a direct hit by a large high-explosive bomb on the chapel of St James, completely demolishing it.
Subsequent repairs and the clearance of the area around the western end of the building uncovered portions of earlier structures, including remains of the Roman city and of the original Norman cathedral.