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#3974: Octagon

Photo 3974: Octagon - Ely Cathedral

Photo Details

Photo ID
3974
Date
2007-09-10
Location
Ely Cathedral
Description
The unique Octagon over the transept crossing. The original Norman crossing was mostly destroyed when the tower fell down in 1322. Bishop Hotham paid for the choir to be rebuilt, then worked with the abbey's prior and sacrist to devise a unique solution for the crossing. The central pillars were removed and the side arches were set back at 45 degrees to form an octagon rather than a square. The lantern weighs 200 tons. The ceiling and panels painted with angels are Victorian renovations.
Camera
Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Resolution
3888 x 2592 px
File Size
4.83 MB
ISO
1600
Geotag
52.398629° N, 0.263404° E
Date Digitized
September 10, 2007
Date Uploaded
January 5, 2010
Credit
Holly Hayes