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Filename: op04503.jpg

Size: 3894 x 4853 (5.9MB)

Date: 22nd January 2009

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: English Heritage Images

Job Title: Photographer

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Durham Cathedral OP04503

DURHAM CATHEDRAL, Durham. Interior view of Durham Cathedral from the north-east showing decorated piers in the nave and crossing. Photographed by John Gay during the 1960s

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Media ID 1379192

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Cathedral Decorative Medieval Pillar Religion


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> Fine Art > Medieval Art and Sculpture > Medieval stone sculpture

> Historic Images > 1960 to the present day

> Historic Images > Famed Photographers > John Gay Collection (1945-1990)


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This evocative photograph captures the breathtaking interior of Durham Cathedral, as documented by the renowned photographer John Gay during the 1960s. The image offers a glimpse into the rich history and intricate beauty of this medieval masterpiece, located in the heart of Durham, England. At the center of the frame, the soaring Gothic arches and ornate piers in the nave and crossing are bathed in soft, natural light, casting intricate shadows that accentuate their decorative details. The intricate carvings on the piers, featuring geometric patterns, foliage, and mythical creatures, are a testament to the exceptional craftsmanship and artistic vision of the artisans who created them. The cathedral, founded in 1093, has long been a symbol of religious and cultural significance, attracting pilgrims and visitors from around the world. Its enduring allure lies not only in its architectural grandeur but also in the stories and traditions that have shaped its history. John Gay's photograph invites us to explore the cathedral's hidden corners and to marvel at the intricacies of its design, transporting us to a time when craftsmanship and creativity were the cornerstones of architectural innovation. The image serves as a reminder of the enduring power of art and history to inspire and captivate, inviting us to reflect on the past and the role it plays in shaping our present and future.

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