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Gloucester Cathedral & Experience

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Genius anticipates our best achievements; perhaps this is no where clearer than in architecture. The fan vaulting in Gloucester Cathedral combines the mathematical considerations of engineering with organic form in a way that underlines the unity of experience.

And GC is the place where fan vaulting was invented, way back in the 1350’s. It’s hard to improve on some things. RT


Photo: Cloister, Gloucester Cathedral. Chris Gunns; Geograph project collection. WikiCmns; CC 2.0 Generic.

  1. August 4, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Fan vaulting like this to me seems like artful stalactites petrified as they reach the ground; organic, as you say, but a moment frozen in time. These beautiful cloisters are better known now for their appearances in the early Harry Potter films, but the whole cathedral is full of delights, inside and outside.

    • August 6, 2013 at 4:09 pm

      cg: i would love to visit Gloucester Cathedral; in fact, if i had 3 months, say in the spring, to visit the U.K. and Ireland, it would be great…i visited London twice in my teens, but there is so much more to see… RT

      • August 6, 2013 at 4:12 pm

        So much to see, and increasingly so little time (and, often, opportunity) to do it!

  2. August 5, 2013 at 1:32 am

    Reblogged this on Pistrucci Artworks Blog and commented:
    I just love cathedral ceilings – the beauty astounds!

    • August 6, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      Pistrucci: thanks! cathedrals *are* wonderful, and i saw plenty of them in my teens…maybe i’ll take another trip to Europe? who knows… RT

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