Salisbury Cathedral

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Salisbury Cathedral

"Salisbury Cathedral"

Salisbury, Wiltshite (UK)

Years built: 1220–1320

10 Architectural Features- Light- Tall facade- Interior vaulting and clerestory's- Pointed arches- Flying buttresses- Gargoyles- Emphasis on decorative style- Decorative tracery- Spires- Rose ' wheel windows

The Salisbury Cathedral, among a large portion of cathedrals, tend to follow the rule by rule structure of Gothic architecture. Like most Gothic buildings, the Salisbury is a light filled structure which is acheived through the use of tall facades, high clerestory's with decorative tracery's, and rose ' wheel windows. These features helped establish a more pleasant enviorment for pilgrims to return to. The cathedral widely utilized pointed arches and interior ribbed vaulting to control larger crowds. The Salisbury also had gargoyles and flying buttresses like other traditional Gothic cathedrals. These features define the Salisbury Cathedral as a piece of beautiful, Gothic architecture.

The first Salisbury Cathedral was completed at Old Sarum in 1092 under Osmund, the first Bishop of Salisbury. The Domesday Book is thought to have been presented to William the Conqueror at Old Sarum a few years earlier, in 1086. Disputes with the military and scarce water supplies led to an alternative location being sought and in 1220 a new site for the Cathedral was consecrated at New Sarum.In this section of the website you can trace the major events of this Cathedral's history since, from the first phase of building, through the adding of the spire, via medieval upheaval, Reformation and Restoration to the reorderings of the 18th and 19th centuries and the Major Repair of the late 20th century. There is also the chance to find out more about the Sarum Rite, a form of liturgy developed in Salisbury which influenced English worship from the Middle Ages to the Reformation.


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