Cathedrals make the most interesting spaces, and not just in the faith sense for which they’re intended. We never tire of visiting them for their art, their history, and the visual feasts they create.
The Manchester Cathedral is an ancient gothic church dating from the 1400’s. That makes is roughly 700 years old, and it sits on the site of a Saxon church built around 700. That means the prior Saxon church this one replaced was around for as long as this one’s been around. It was of course originally intended as a Roman Catholic seat of worship, but for most of the current building’s life has been the cathedral of the Anglican Diocese of Manchester.
It’s hard to capture a cathedral in photographs. One way I’ve been experimenting is with a Microsoft product called Photosynth. This nifty little app allows users to capture 3D panoramas; being interactive, I can’t embed them into a blog else they become 2D and lose their essence. Hence, click the link below (it’s safe!) and check out my 3D Photosynth of the cathedral–just drag the image left, right, up, and down. I’m still learning how to use this app, so the edges are jagged, but you’ll get the idea.