Peterborough Cathedral.
Cambridgeshire, England.

Peterborough Cathedral, properly the Cathedral Church of St Peter, St Paul and St Andrew – also known as Saint Peter’s Cathedral – the seat of the Bishop of Peterborough, is dedicated to Saint Peter, Saint Paul and Saint Andrew whose statues look down from the three high gables of the famous West Front. Founded in the Saxon period, the architecture is mainly Norman following a rebuilding in the 12th century. With Durham and Ely Cathedrals, it is one of the most important 12th century buildings in England to have remained largely intact, despite extensions and restoration.

Peterborough Cathedral is known for its imposing Early English Gothic West Front (façade) which, with its three enormous arches, is without architectural precedent and with no direct successor. The appearance is slightly asymmetrical, as one of the two towers that rise from behind the façade was never completed, but this is only visible from a distance, while the effect of the West Front upon entering the Cathedral Close is overwhelming.

In 1541, following Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries, the relics were lost but the church survived by not being sold off and instead being selected as the cathedral of the new Diocese of Peterborough. This may have been related to the fact that Henry’s former queen, Katherine of Aragon, had been buried there in 1536. Her grave can still be seen and is nowadays honoured by visitors and often decorated with flowers and pomegranates (her symbol). It carries the legend “Katharine Queen of England”, a title she was denied at the time of her death.

In 1587, the body of Mary, Queen of Scots, was also buried here after her execution at nearby Fotheringhay Castle, but it was later removed to Westminster Abbey on the orders of her son, King James I of England. (Info Source: Wikipedia)

NIkon D60, tamron 10-24 mm lens @ 10mm with cirpol filter, f/6.3, 1/60, ISO 100, handheld.
single file converted to 3 exposures in PS (-1, 0, 1).
tone mapped in Photomatix.
adjustments in PS.

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Comments

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 4 years ago

    Fabulous shot Yhun- such an impressive building and so beautifully presented!

  • many thanks Rosie! :)

    – Yhun Suarez

  • Clive S
    Clive Sover 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your artwork with the Photomatix HDR Group!

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 4 years ago

    Awesome capture.

  • many thanks Don :)

    – Yhun Suarez

  • micpowell
    micpowellover 4 years ago

    A grand location!

  • it is indeed Mic…thanks :)

    – Yhun Suarez

  • Polly x
    Polly xover 4 years ago

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusover 4 years ago

    Fantastic !

  • thanks mate :)

    – Yhun Suarez

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 4 years ago

    Beautifully done and such wonderful colours

  • thanks dear! :)

    – Yhun Suarez

  • William Bullimore
    William Bullimoreover 4 years ago

    Fantastic exterior shot.

  • cheer matey! :)

    – Yhun Suarez

  • Evita
    Evitaover 4 years ago

    Excellent capture, very impressive architecture !!! ☺♥

  • many thanks Evita :)

    – Yhun Suarez

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