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Christ Church Cathedral 3/5

Posted by
Jules (Drayton, United Kingdom) on 28 February 2013 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The beautiful chancel ceiling was added c.1500 by William Orchard. It is very similar to Orchard's elaborate stone carved lierne vaulted ceiling at the Divinity School in the Bodleian Library.

Christ Church Cathedral is the smallest cathedral in England and the seat of the Bishop of Oxford. It is unique in serving not only as a cathedral but as the chapel of Christ Church College.

What is today Christ Church Cathedral began as a Saxon monastic church founded in the 8th century by Frideswide, the patron saint of Oxford. Frideswide was a Saxon princess who committed herself to chastity and became a nun, fleeing the marital advances of King Algar of Mercia. Nothing remains of her original church, but a Saxon cemetery was recently discovered beneath the cloister.

flwyddyn yn ôl

NIKON D90 1/40 second F/3.8 ISO 640 33 mm (35mm equiv.)

Ann from Nelson, New Zealand

amazing intricacy! Lovely frame, Jules.
We have a local, and rather modern version, here.

28 Feb 2013 6:04am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Oh wow the details are fantastic, such incredible craftsmanship in this ceiling.

28 Feb 2013 6:23am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

wow . . you are extracting the most from this - very impressive.

28 Feb 2013 7:00am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

You have to admire the skill and craftsmanship of the artisans who built this especially when we recognise they didn't have the tools we have today, your image shows it off beautifully Jules

28 Feb 2013 7:39am

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Awesome ceiling!

28 Feb 2013 8:21am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Very good shot, lots of detail to pick out.

28 Feb 2013 8:35am

jean pierre from paris, France

superbe détail!!! amitié

28 Feb 2013 8:45am

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Wonderful ceiling, how on earth did they manage to do it. So impressive.

28 Feb 2013 8:49am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Quelle merveille architecturale, splendides détails. Bonne journée.

28 Feb 2013 9:04am

Veronique from France-and-, Switzerland

Extraordinaire !!

28 Feb 2013 10:46am

Martine from bousval, Belgium

Wouhaaaaaaaaa! superbe et un cadrage au top!

28 Feb 2013 10:57am

Devi from Chennai, India

Fantastic shot of the amazing ceiling !!!

28 Feb 2013 12:00pm

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(Old West Wales Boy), Germany

fantastic architecture in a site so full of history.

28 Feb 2013 1:59pm

franz from Baden, Austria

awesome look at this intricate vaulted ceiling. i'm nor sure today's craftsmen would be able to build something like this ...

28 Feb 2013 2:12pm

Joyce from Montana, United States

It is, like above commenters expound, just incredible to see. The artists somehow enhanced the original ceiling and at the same time added reinforcement and beauty that blended with it. Artists, not just skilled craftsmen, that took. It so arrests the soul, these old cathedrals, and I so appreciate your stories and descriptions. Thanks Jules!

28 Feb 2013 4:10pm

Marie-Line from Lille, France


28 Feb 2013 5:28pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Splendid framing !

28 Feb 2013 5:52pm

Kate from EXETER, United Kingdom

Perfect framing, and it has amazing wow factor I love it Jules.

28 Feb 2013 7:15pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

WOW! I love the patterns and shapes. AMazing!

28 Feb 2013 8:45pm

Mireille T. from Ribérac, France

The framing is fabulous! Magnificent ceiling, I love this image!*****

28 Feb 2013 9:32pm

Anina Botes from Auckland, New Zealand

This is stunning! Superb detail and composition

28 Feb 2013 10:10pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Really great details

28 Feb 2013 10:53pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

This ceiling is magnificent. Beautiful architecture and detail.

1 Mar 2013 1:08am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

fabulous geometrical balance and symmetry with great attention to detail as well! i think this photo says: don't forget to look up every now and again...

1 Mar 2013 1:54am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Fabulous detail Jules

1 Mar 2013 6:07am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

That is stunning

1 Mar 2013 7:47am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Nice framing.

1 Mar 2013 12:43pm

Abena from Illinois, United States

Brilliant architecture ! That, is amazing.

1 Mar 2013 3:42pm

gerard1948 from Somewhere on earth, Spain

Whooooooww ..... beautiful architecture to the ceiling, the sculptures are beautiful. Excellent shooting.

1 Mar 2013 5:41pm

Basile Pesso from Paris, France


2 Mar 2013 4:05pm

This image has been featured in 1 Remix collection.

Great stuff by Abena

1/40 second
ISO 640
33 mm (35mm equiv.)