Durham Cathedral does not allow photography inside, but occasionally they have ticket-only photography evenings. There was one this Thursday, and I went along.
It was a perfect summer evening, and Durham looked beautiful.
The evening was very well attended – we all spent a lot of time trying to keep out of other people’s shots!
I must admit to a particular fondness for stone, particularly carved and worn stone, so a lot of my photos were of that (there’s plenty to choose from in a building over 900 years old), but that tends to get a bit dull for everyone else, so I’ve left (most of) that out here. I’ve also left out the photos I took of the various textiles on display – next month, I’m booked on a guided tour of the Cathedral’s textile collection, so I’ll use the pictures I took this week as part of a post on that.
There’s still plenty to see, though – it’s a stunning building.
The high altar and the carved stone screen behind it:
The medieval clock:
The Bishop’s throne, above the ornate tomb of one of his predecessors:
And of course St Cuthbert’s shrine:
There are also some striking examples of contemporary devotional art, including a huge pieta in wood in the Chapel of the Nine Altars:
While in the Galilee Chapel there’s a sculpture of the Last Supper:
A piece representing the Annunciation looked stunning in the evening sunshine streaming through the windows:
The tomb of the Venerable Bede is in the Galilee Chapel, with a carved and gilded text behind it:
And a lamp hanging over it:
The Chapel also has some surviving fragments of medieval wall paintings:
The Chapel itself:
And the main body of the Cathedral, with the view down the nave:
Some carved stone:
And some more:
And the amazing Romanesque architecture:
I couldn’t leave without a photo of the Sanctuary Knocker:
As I left, the bells were ringing, so with apologies for the incompetent video, I’ll leave you with them.