Photographer's Note

Good Morning Everyone,

It was raining outside but the interior of the cathedral had no such problems!

(This does not look as sharp on TE but I hope you will still enjoy it.)

This is a view looking down the main aisle of the cathedral towards the altar. The pillars are tall, whilst the ceiling and the floor are colourfully decorated. (see my w/s for a more detailed view of the ceiling).

The cathedral stands on the site of an abbey created by Etheldreda in 673, on the site of a restored old church at Ely.

Etheldreda's monastery flourished for 200 years until it was destroyed by the Danes.

It was refounded as a Benedictine community in 970.

Work on the present Cathedral began in the 11th century and the monastic church became a cathedral in 1109. (The monastery at Ely was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1539. Fortunately Ely suffered less than many other monasteries, but even so, statues were destroyed together with carvings and stained glass and St Etheldreda's Shrine was destroyed.)

The first major restoration took place in the 18th Century, with a second restoration project in the 19th Century when the building was restored to its former glory.

A third major restoration project, the most extensive to date, was begun in 1986 and was completed in the year 2000.

I will add a second w/s showing a closer view of the altar.

Thank you for sharing this exploration of Ely Cathedral, Bev :-)

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8987 W: 361 N: 20800] (82042)
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