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Ely Cathedral by Anonymous is a captivating exploration of one of England's most iconic religious structures. Through detailed accounts and stunning imagery, this book offers readers a comprehensive insight into the history, architecture, and significance of Ely Cathedral.

The author delves into the cathedral's origins, taking readers back to the Anglo-Saxon period when the first religious community was established on the site. From there, the book traces the evolution of the building, highlighting the various architectural styles that shaped its majestic facade. The intricate details provided by the author make it easy to envision the cathedral's construction and development over the centuries.

What sets this book apart is not only its thorough historical analysis but also its ability to bring the cathedral to life. The vivid descriptions transport readers inside the massive structure, allowing them to experience its divine atmosphere firsthand. Whether it's the breathtaking stained glass windows, the intricate carvings, or the grandeur of the vaulted ceilings, each element is meticulously described, immersing readers in the cathedral's awe-inspiring beauty.

Moreover, the book invites readers to explore the spiritual and cultural significance of Ely Cathedral. It delves into the lives of the monks and nuns who inhabited the cathedral, shedding light on their daily routines and the religious practices that took place within its walls. Through this exploration, readers gain a deeper understanding of the cathedral's role as a center of faith and devotion throughout history.

One aspect that may disappoint some readers is the lack of information about the modern-day functions of the cathedral. While the book focuses primarily on its historical context, a supplementary section on how Ely Cathedral is utilized today would have been a valuable addition. This could have included information about worship services, cultural events, and the role of the cathedral as a tourist attraction.

Overall, Ely Cathedral by Anonymous is a remarkable tribute to one of England's most treasured architectural gems. Its comprehensive historical analysis, immersive descriptions, and captivating imagery make it a must-read for anyone interested in the history and cultural heritage of religious structures. Whether you have visited Ely Cathedral in person or are simply fascinated by ancient architecture, this book provides an enchanting journey through time, leaving readers with a profound appreciation for this remarkable feat of human ingenuity and faith.

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[Transcriber's Note: Text surrounded by plus signs is in blackletter typeface in the original book. Text surrounded by underscores is in italics in the original book. An equal sign preceding a character in brackets, e.g. [=E], represents a macron.]





[Illustration: THE PRIOR'S DOORWAY]


[Illustration: Ely: Hills & Son

Thos. Kell Sculpt. London


[Illustration: Ely Cathedral.


Ground Plan of the Choir of Ely Cathedral.

The first three bays are in the Decorated style, about the same date as the Octagon (1337 1361). The Norman bays which they replaced were injured by the fall of the central Tower in 1322. The six eastern bays (the Presbytery) are in the Early English Style, and were built by Bishop Northwold (1235 1252).

Having entered the South aisle of the Choir by the iron gate marked 1 on the plan, and passed, on the right, the monuments of Bishop Allen, and the Stewards, we come to 2. Bishop de Luda's monument (1298) restored on the north side by Dean Peacock. 3. Bishop Barnet's tomb (1373). 4. Tomb of John Tiptoft, Earl of Worcester, and his two wives (1470)... Continue reading book >>

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