Saturday, 28 January 2012

Rochester Cathedral



Walking away from the castle grounds round to the cathedral


Passing the outer castle walls


as we enter the cathedral grounds


where we pass this ancient tree


We go inside










and out again under the organ archway



into the inner gardens where we see here the 12th century
Chapter House briefly incorporated in a Royal Palace for 
King Henry VIII



We will be walking back into the town next








15 comments:

Sara said...

I like the pattern on the walls in the choir. These old cathedrals are such amazing places...I continually marvel at how they were built in those days...what masterpieces.

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Such exquisite architecture, there isn't anything quite like the old cathedrals is there !
The castle looks to be in good shape, and such a pretty village.
~Jo

Terri said...

The ruins remind me of our tour to Bury St. Edmunds. (My bro in law lives near and brought us to see the ruins and enjoy market day.) I always thought ruins were a result of long life, weather, maybe war... but the abby at Bury was the results of the town folk becoming disenchanted (shall we say) with the greed of the monks, and they tore down the walls and sent the monks away. I like that story.
Love your blog. That church is amazing.
Hugs!

Patsy said...

I hope all is well with hubby, mine is doing so well after his surgery we my take a little trip.
Thanks for the tour, I always enjoy.

Needled Mom said...

What splendor! It really is in remarkable condition, isn't it? I loved that old tree too.

I hope Alan is continuing to improve.

Vee said...

I just imagined what it would be like to walk through the organ archway if the organ was actually playing. =)

Always intriguing...you make me curious about the tree...what kind, how old, and on and on.

Scriptor Senex said...

Despite all your lovely photos of Man's skill at architecture I think I was most taken with the tree. What a work of art Nature created there!

Kay G. said...

I love cathedrals and the grounds around them.
Like Scriptor, I loved the tree. And are those rose bushes in that last photo? Beautiful!
Thank you for taking me with you...

Lorrie said...

Just wonderful. The soaring lines of the cathedral are so beautiful.

Michelle P said...

What tales that tree could tell! Beautiful pictures.

Mary Ann said...

Beautiful pictures, a beautiful cathedral!

Cheri said...

Truly beautiful!

Anne said...

Beautiful!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

As we have snow on the ground here is was so nice to see your pictures today and the green on the trees and the ground. I am looking forward to Spring and a little more color here. Those organ pipes there are huge. I can imagine the music coming out of them must be something to hear. As always I thank you for sharing your lovely sights.

nikkipolani said...

I love how the cathedral was built to capture all that wonderful light. Great images, Barbara.