Right in the centre of Carlisle is an architectural masterpiece not to be missed. Carlisle Cathedral.
Built in 1122, it is testament to Carlisle's rich historical heritage.
Items of special interest include the east window, with its tracery containing some very fine 14th century stained glass, and the Brougham Triptych, a magnificent 16th century carved Flemish altarpiece in St. Wilfrid's Chapel. There is a very fine renovated 14th century barrel-vaulted painted ceiling in the choir and in the north and south aisles medieval paintings depicting the Life of St. Cuthbert, St. Augustine and St. Antony and the figures of the 12 Apostles. The carved capitals of the columns in the choir represent activities associated with the months of the year and the early 15th century choir stalls and misericords are notable examples of medieval carving. The Cathedral's stained glass dates from the 14th to the 20th centuries. One of the stones in the vault even has runes engraved into it from Viking times.
Not to be missed.
Everyone knows that the most magnificent cathedral in Europe is at Durham. Carlisle Cathedral may not have the grandeur of Durham (it is the second smallest Cathedral in the country) but it is beautiful nevertheless. Founded as an Augustan priory, the original building was almost wholly destroyed by fires in 1292 and 1392. The Gothic East Window is, in itself, worth making the effort to see. Huge and richly detailed, the window features original medieval glass. The forty-six misericords (choir seats) are also worth seeing, featuring mythical creatures.
A lovely church and a welcome retreat from the shops in the centre, lovely stonework and woodwork, just nice to sit down in silence and appreciate this great building
Our very own beautiful landmark that resembles the heart and soul of Carlisle. If you haven't been before - go!
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