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Visit Salisbury Cathedral in a one day trip

Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary is an Anglican Cathedral

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Salisbury Cathedral was formerly known as the Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is an Anglican cathedral and one of the best examples of Early English Architecture, and also completed in record time, between 1220 to 1258, in 38 years. The cathedral was built in accordance to the common practice, being constructed from east to west. The cathedral celebrated the 750th anniversary of its consecration in 2008. If you are looking for a nice one day trip than you should visit Salisbury.

 

The cathedral spire was the only element built after the church's initial completion, which was started in 1310 and completed in 1333. The spire matches the rest of the cathedral and was constructed using the same stone. The decision was a risky one because of the tremendous amount of weight the structure was made bear: 6,500 tons. The spire was kept from collapsing through the use of buttresses, bracing arches and iron ties. It is the tallest church spire in England, stands at 404 feet, and has been the tallest since 1549. It can be viewed in the ‘Tower Tour’ to see its hollow interior. The largest cloister and cathedral close, at 80 acres, is also part of the cathedral, and houses one of the oldest working clocks in the word. Perhaps the highlight of the cathedral doesn’t lie in its record-breaking structures, but in a smaller treasure that it contains: the best surviving of the four original copies of the Magna Carta.

 

The Magna Carta copy of Salisbury

 

Magna Carta is a symbol of justice, human rights and fairness that, for centuries, has inspired movements for freedom and constitutional government in the United Kingdom and all around the globe. Its original purpose was an attempt to prevent a civil war between King John and his barons. The meaning of Magna Carta is ‘great charter’ in modern day English. The Magna Carta has over 60 different clauses that covers many areas, for example, the right to a fair trial. The Magna Carta is one of the several copies that were written after King John agreed to peace terms with the barons and were sent around the country as proof of the decision. It is one of the four surviving original copies, written in Latin on sheepskin, and retains King John’s seal at the bottom.

 

Some other notable things to see at Salisbury Cathedral include the west front which contain 10 of the original surviving medieval sculptures, and 60 more that were added during the Victorian period. The sculptures depict a hierarchy of doctors and bishops, martyrs and saints, evangelists and apostles, patriarch and prophets all below Christ seated at the top.

 

Originally located in the bell tower, the previously mentioned oldest working clock, built in 1386, can now be found in the north nave aisle. Salisbury also houses one of the largest and oldest full sets of choir stalls in Britain, having been made in 1263 from oak wood provided by King Henry III. It is adorned with foliage decoration, angels, grotesque figures and animals.

 

The Salisbury cloister was built in the 1250s and is the largest English Gothic cloister in England. It was employed as a prison during the Civil War in the 17th century.

 

Salisbury Cathedral is regarded by many as one of the seven wonders of the medieval age and is a perfect destination for a great trip in Southern-England. Visit Salisbury with Comfort Taxi Tours!

 
 
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