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3. Lincoln Cathedral

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Lincoln Cathedral

At the eastern end of Castle Hill, actually a wide level cobbled street, stands the west front Linclon Cathedral, towering cliff-like into the sky. Smaller stones and thick mortar of much of the facade belong to the original church completed in 1092, which was largely destroyed in an earthquake in 1185. The larger stones date from these enforced modifications.
 
The west front is packed with decorative stone carving, including a band of twelth century panels depicting biblical themes inspired by Modena Cathedral in Italy.
 
The interior is a fine example of early English architecture, with bands of dark Purbeck marble contrasting with the limestone that is the building's main material. The Pillars have bases of different heights, and there are ten windows in the nave's north wall and nine in the south. These are deliberate features, reflecting a medieval aversion to the vanity of symmetry.
 
Beyond the rood screen lies St Hugh's Choir, its forteenth century misericords carrying an eccentric range of carvings, with scenes from the life of Alexander the Great and King Arthur mixed up with biblical characters and folkloric parables. 
 
A corridor off the choir's north aisle leads to the polygonal Chapter House, where Edward 1 and Edward II convened gatherings that pre-figured the creation of the English Parliament.
 
Lincoln Cathedral Address: 
Lincoln Cathedral
Minster Yard
Lincoln, LN2 1PZ
England, UK

Lincoln Cathedral Opening Times:
Summer (June, July and August)
Monday to Saturday, 7.15 am to 8.00 pm (Sundays 6.00 pm)
Rest of the year
Monday to Saturday, 7.15 am to 6.00 pm (Sundays 5.00 pm)
 
Lincoln Cathedral Admission:
Adults £6.00
Children (under 5 years) Free
Children (5 - 16 years) £1.00
Concessions £4.75
Annual pass (Single) £15.00
Annual pass (Joint) £22.50
Annual pass (Family) £30.00
Photography Free
 
T  +44 (0)1522 561600
 
F  +44 (0)1522 561603
 

Events
For general enquiries about events see the Events Calendar or telephone the Communications Office on 01522 561600.  To book an event, contact the Precentor's Secretary on +44 (0)1522 561632

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