St Mary's Cathedral, Lincoln, UK

strangelight

Shipley, United Kingdom

Artist's Description

If you like your buildings old – really old – you’re going to like this one. The Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lincoln, to give it its full name, is one of the oldest and most highly-regarded examples of church architecture in Britain.

Construction began in 1088 and continued throughout the whole medieval period. At one point the cathedral had a central spire, which was alleged to reach 525ft high. That height being taller than the Great Pyramid at Giza, the cathedral would’ve been the tallest known building in the world from the 1300s to the 1500s. However the spire blew down in a storm in 1548-1549, so we’ll never know whether it true or just an enjoyably hyperbolic tale!

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