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Hello Everyone,

My photograph, today, shows Lincoln Cathedral. It is a stunning building, something for which I was unprepared when I visited Lincoln.

No matter which way you view it, you will find some delightful aspect.

"I have always held and proposed against all comers to maintain that the Cathedral of Lincoln is out and out the most precious piece of architecture in the British Isles" - John Ruskin. (John Ruskin was a leading Victorian artist and art critique, amongst other things!)

The Cathedral was built in the time of William the Conqueror in 1072. It was damaged by fire in 1141 but was successfully restored. In 1255, part of the old Roman wall surrounding Lincoln was removed so that the cathedral could be extended.

In the 14th Century the central tower and those of the West end were heightened, and all had spires until 1549 when that of the central tower blew down. With this spire Lincoln Cathedral had reputedly been the tallest building in the world, at 525 feet being 3 foot higher than the great pyramid! The weight of the remaining towers and their spires caused them to lean, until architect James Gibb strengthened their support.

The spires were, though, eventually removed in 1807 for safety reasons, at which point the final form of the Cathedral that is still with us now was at last reached.

Information from easterncathedrals

I have used PSE10 to improve some lens distortion.

I hope you enjoy the photograph, Bev :-)

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