Chester Cathedral: Scala Arts & Heritage Publishers Ltd (Paperback)

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-An informed and succinct guide to the fascinating Chester Cathedral -Specially commissioned photography Chester Cathedral was a monastic church of the Benedictine order for over 450 years before it was closed during Henry VIII's reformation of the Church in England, and immediately re-opened as the cathedral of the new diocese of Chester. As a result it retains much of the flavor of a monastic institution, with a fine Norman refectory, a superb Early English Gothic chapter-house and a cloister garth which forms a tranquil oasis in the heart of the busy modern city. Originally dedicated to a local Saxon saint, Werburgh, Chester became an important center of medieval pilgrimage and St Werburgh's shrine still stands in the cathedral. The cathedral's fourteenth-century choir stalls are among the finest in the country, featuring a riot of imaginative woodcarving. Its external appearance today, however, is largely the result of major Victorian restoration work by Sir George Gilbert Scott, much needed, as the soft local stone did not age well. As the new Song School, which opened in 2003, also represents modern architecture, Chester Cathedral is a rare amalgamation of old and new, captured perfectly in this splendid little book.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781785510793
ISBN-10: 1785510797
Publisher: Scala Arts Publishers Inc.
Publication Date: March 24th, 2017
Pages: 64
Language: English