Lincoln Cathedral

Lincoln Cathedral

This spectacular Anglo-Norman building, started in 1088, is one of the most visited cathedrals in England. Its triple-aisled interior is impressive for the length and size of its two transepts, and for the contrasting colors of its honey-colored limestone and dark Purbeck marble. Also of note is the round window known as the Eye of the Deacon with its medieval stained glass, as well as the Eye of the Bishop with pieces of glass from different periods. A wrought-iron gate leads to St Hugh's Choir, one of the best examples of Early-Gothic architecture in England. Another unique feature is the Lincoln Imp.

According to legend, the imp so annoyed the angels in the choir it was turned to stone. The cathedral's imposing twin towered west front is a mixture of Romanesque and Gothic styles, its central frieze-like sculpture depicting scenes from the Old Testament including Noah's Ark, Daniel in the Lion's Den, as well as dragons.

Be sure to visit the historic Chapterhouse along with picturesque Lincoln Cathedral Close with its remains of the Old Bishop's Palace, Cantilupe Chantry and Vicar's Court. A monument commemorates the poet Lord Tennyson who was born nearby in Somersby in 1809. Finally, be sure to visit the medieval Bishop's Palace, an English Heritage property that stands in the cathedral's shadow.

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