Not being religious myself, I too enjoy the majesty of cathedrals. I live not far from Exeter and in my youth actually sang at mass since I used to be a choir boy. My favourite cathedral is still Durham however...
All the best architecture and art is religious, and all the best toys are weaponry. Industry and Science tend to leap forward during wartime.
We should take advantage of this... if we could just have a nice religious war between a few first world countries we could really advance Art, Architecture, Science, and Industry all at once. It's too bad the only countries willing to have a real war based on religion are so small and sandy... the world is missing out on a real opportunity to Level UP.
At least Science and Weaponry are getting a kick out of it all.
It's terrifying (to me, at least) how smoothly the language and logic of Gaming can be applied to the unspeakable horrors of war... it makes me afraid that somewhere there are people in positions of power who actually believe this to be true.
Wow beautiful! Is that rib-vaulting? If you like novels you should read Pillars of the Earth. They've got some beautiful descriptions about cathedral achitecture <3 Hell, the whole book is about a cathedral!
I really need to get to England and visit a few of these myself >.>
construction isn't what it use to be, now adays a few patches of dry wall a couple of staples and a coating of stucko and your done. Back then it was all carved out by hand and took years to finish. The attention to detail was astonishing, builders just don't take pride in their work anymore, its about money and get it built fast fast fast.
Lovely piece of architecture, and nice photography.
In a way we often use more primitive construction techniques today, because reinforced concrete and steel allow us to use the "brute force" solution of horizontal (cantilever) beams. Instead, Renaissance architects had to master the Roman arch and expand it into 3D to create these huge open spaces. What we do today is wonderful in its own way, but it's worth appreciating what people achieved back then with lesser materials and tools.