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The cathedral - just do it! by BricksandStones The cathedral - just do it! by BricksandStones

This is the western facade of the medieval, gothic cathedral in Salisbury (U.K.). This magnificent structure was built from scratch in merely 38 years, from 1220 to 1258. This means that many local inhabitants saw the cathedral’s construction from the beginning until the end in their own lifetime. They could have looked at the cathedral and say ‘Ye know, I remember when I was a child there was nothing there!’

Salisbury cathedral challenges the popular misconception according to which building a medieval cathedral took hundreds of years and many generations to finish. This was not the case – it was possible to build a large, monumental cathedral much faster – the reason why some of the medieval cathedrals were built so long (Cologne, Prague etc.) is because their constructions were frequently halted for many, sometimes hundreds of years. The funding ended so constructions stood half finished for a long time, but this does not mean that the actual building took so long! Also, I remember reading leaflets from cathedrals saying – the building of this cathedral took 900 years – from the 12th to the 20th C. Once again, this merely means that parts of the building date from different periods, but it does not mean that the actual building took so long. Also, Salisbury was not a poorly conceived structure – it’s construction took 70,000 tons of stone, 2,641 tons of timber and 420 tons of lead. Furthermore, its original plan conveys symbolic, mathematical messages – for example the finished cathedral had 365 windows, the same number as there are days in a year, and 8760 marble pillars, the exact same number as there are hours in a year. All this, thousands of tons of building materials and elaborate, mathematical design in less than 40 years – to me, this is just a sign how effective medieval industry, architects and labour was, as long as there were wealthy donors willing to finance the project and say ‘Ok, just do it!’

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ahappierlife Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017
Perfect image of this - definitely one to keep.
The story (I think it's true) is that the internal roof structure looks like an upturned ship. It is! The only people who could work on this scale where shipbuilders and they naturally trusted the shape they knew best.
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017
I am glad this caught your attention! To be honest, I was hoping you might like it as I remember we talked about Salisbury in the past. Also, thank you for sharing the story about shipbuilders - very interesting - I remember reading that the famous wooden, romanesuqe churches in Norway were constructed by shipbuilders as well - clearly a very important profession :) Thank you yet again - it is always a pleasure to exchange comments with you :)
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ahappierlife Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017
Always a joy to read your comments.
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supersnappz16 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow so much detail in this beautiful building.  Thanks for the history
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017
I am very glad you like the details and thank you very much for taking the time to read the description and comment! I appreciate it a lot (also, sorry for taking so long to reply)!
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Aroco Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing photo, well captured in all its magnificence! And, of course, your information is first class and illuminating in that it put paid to my thinking that these buildings took a lot longer to build! Very, very interesting - thank you!
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017
As always, it should be me thanking you for writing such a kind comment :) Thank you very much! I am always glad to see that you visited my gallery and, more generally, that people find medieval ages interesting - I think medieval Europe has a very bad press and I like to portray medieval histories and heritage in a different way.... Anyway, thank you very much once again - comments like yours are the main reason why DA is such a wonderful, supportive community. Cheers!
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Aroco Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You are so very welcome. Your photos are excellent and, at the risk of being repetitive, your information first class. It is alway a pleasure seeing your work and reading your synopsis :) I hope 2017 has started wonderfully for you and your family :)
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Lupa-Rutila Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017
Wow, fascinating to see and read, thank You for sharing :)
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017
Well, as always, it should be rather me thanking you for taking the time to view this and comment :) so thank you! I am really, really glad you find this interesting - comments such as this are the main reason why I keep returning to DA - thank you!
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LadyMarg Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Przepiękna! Ile detali, ile ozdób, coś wspaniałego :) 
A przy okazji - Wszystkiego Dobrego w całym nowym roku, dużo ciekawych podróży, wzniosłych przeżyć i niepowtarzalnych zdjęć!
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017
Hej :) Bardzo dziękuję za komentarz - naprawdę bardzo mi miło, że chce Ci się to oglądać i czytać! Dziękuję też za życzenia - wzajemnie, życzę Ci dużo szczęcia, żebyś odwiedziała jakieś piękne zamki, może Wilno jeszcze raz albo Kowno czy Łotwę lub Estonię - żeby Ci się spełniy plany wszystkie :) Dzięki jeszcze raz, wrzuć jakieś zdjęcia, chętnie obejrzę - staram się teraz być aktywniejszy na DA :) Wszystkiego najlepszego!
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LadyMarg Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Ja jestem raczej aktywna w innej formie sztuki ostatnio, ale zobaczę, czy coś mam ;)
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michael-d-beckwith Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
For some reason this place reminds me of Wells Cathedral in England.
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016
 Thank you for the comment! Funny you mention this because I recently got a comment by someone who seemed honestly angry that I visited Glastonbury but not Wells (you can check it out, it is a comment on the 'detail' folder in my collection). I would like to visit Wells one day and see the famous Scissor arch there - alas, so far it was not meant to be, on my way there my car broke and who knows if I will ever visit this region again... Hopefully, I will get to see it one day - thank you for the comment again, as always - it is much appreciated :)
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Irondoors Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016
With Sagrada Familia, you could say that the tradition of building cathedrals for hundreds of years is still alive and well ;D
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016
:) Yeah, I also thought about Sagrada Familia when I wrote this - I read somewhere that there is a chance it will be finished by 2030 or 2032 so maybe, just maybe - we will have a chance to see the cathedral in its complete form :) Thank you for the comment! As always, I really appreciate it! To be honest, I was anxious  to submit this, because you already uploaded a great shot of Salisbuy cathedral's facade with a great description about its spire.... I was worried mine will be repetitive but, frankly, I am running out of places I have visited in the UK so I cannot be picky... Again, thank you very much and happy new year!
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Irondoors Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016
I wouldn't worry too much about that. I'm pretty sure there's a much better photo of every single structure that I've uploaded somewhere ;D
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mecengineer Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016
excellent
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016
Thank you! I am always glad to see that you still visit my gallery sometimes :) Thank you again and all the best from Poland!
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woodsman2b Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016
Always a pleasure to read you and look at your photos !
Do you know of other cathedrals built such rapidly ?
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016
It is always a pleasure to hear from you Dylan - honestly :) I am very glad to be back on DA and hopefully I will find time to be more active here in 2017 :) As for your question - the cathedral of St. Nicholas in Famagusta was built in around 30-40 years - the exact dates are unclear but it is certain that it was started in the early 14th C. and finished in 1360s at the latest, it might have been ready as early as 1324 when the first coronation took place there. The monumental cathedral in Nazareth was finished in around 30 years as well though it was smaller than Salisbury.... If I am not mistaken, the cathedral in Pisa was built in around 29 years from 1063 to 1092.... I am not sure, I should check in some reliable source but I am quite sure there are other examples of cathedrals built in a single lifespan... Thank you again for the comment, merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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woodsman2b Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017
Thank you for the information ! Merry Christmas (a bit late) and Happy New Year for you as well ! :D
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lostknightkg Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016
Been there, its one of my fav caths ever, great shot :clap:
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016
I am not surprised you like this cathedral - not only the building but the cloisters and the city as such are all very lovely. I enjoyed it a lot though I have been there only for few hours.... Thank you very much for commenting even though I was not active here, I really appreciate it and I plan to be more active on DA in 2017 - the point is, I cant afford to travel that much so I have to recycle old photos - this one, for example, was made back in the time when I was studying in the UK... Anyway, thank you very much, I honestly appreciate that you took the time to comment on this, cheers! Also, happy new year!
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lostknightkg Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017
You are most welcome happy belated new yeahgetr I certainly hope that you get to travel more this year and there is always gold to be found in old stocks :)
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DavidMnr Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016
this is the cathedrale of "Nike"=P (Razz) 
again a pleasure  to read and very beautiful photo!
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016
I have to admit I thought about "Nike" when I came up wit that title :) Thank you very much for taking the time to view this and comment - I appreciate it! Especially since I was so inactive here recently - in 2017  I will be more active here (hopefully :) ) Thank you very much again and I wish you all the best in the coming year 2017! I hope to see some great photos from you!
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DavidMnr Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016
and the only one who could  a reference of it, it was me:) (Smile) 
it's always a pleasure! good end of year and soon in 2017:) (Smile) 
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ahappierlife Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016
Fascinating - your notes add value and pleasure to your photos. Thanks for making the effort.
I admire the people who designed, funded and built the cathedrals - they had vision, passion, dedication. Maybe we've lost the idea of doing something great for God.
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016
Thank you very much for the comment Andrew. I am very glad you enjoy these descriptions - I made a decision that in 2017 I will try to be more active here, preparing this and then seeing that some people comment is a very rewarding experience. I also think that those who constructed and founded medieval cathedrals are worthy of admiration - these buildings are masterpieces that have survived centuries, sometimes even a thousand years. In my opinion each one of them can compete with greatest monuments of the antique world such as the Colosseum or various amphitheaters... As for doing something for God, I think I understand what you mean, I think these are difficult times for religion - a lot of it gets involved into politics and cultural conflicts which, in my opinion is often unnecessary.... Well what do I know, I am just an archaeologist with poor salary working in a museum...Thank you again for the comment!
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ahappierlife Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016
May your valuable work bring you satisfaction and joy!
Happy New Year, my friend.
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christophf Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016
Thnx for very good description!
People before us ware,nt not sillier than we
Maybe ware clevlier?mery blesed Christmass
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016
I am very glad you enjoyed the description, thank you very much for taking the time to view this, read and even comment - I appreciate it :) I also think that it would be wrong to assume that people in the past were less intelligent! When I read about medieval astronomers and all the calculations they did to calculate the position of stars and planets without modern equipment I think they must have been smarter and better in maths than most people today... Thank you very much again and, like wise, I wish you happy, blessed Christmas and good fortune in 2017 - all the best!
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christophf Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016
:) (Smile)
thnx
 greetings !
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016
Very true. I started building a cathedral in SketchUp. I might get it finished, in fits and starts, in the time it took to actually build Salisbury. 
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahaha. :XD:
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016
:) :) :) I hope you will have it done much faster - I suppose finding wealthy donors would be helpful! Thank you for the comment Gordon - I appreciate it! Especially since I was so inactive for the last few months - I have no idea how people with jobs find time for such pleasures as DA..... Anyway, thank you and Merry Christmas, I wish you all the best and I hope that 2017 will bring something good for you! Britain seems to be heading towards some difficult negotiations and decisions so I hope you will be satisfied with the outcome! All the Best!
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