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Filename: aa66_00136.jpg

Size: 3639 x 5200 (10.5MB)

Date: 25th March 2011

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Urgency (1-8) 5=normal: 5

Source: English Heritage Images

Owner URL: www.englishheritageimages.com

Job Title: Staff Photographer

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Sea of Steps, Wells Cathedral a66_00136

WELLS CATHEDRAL, Wells, Somerset. Interior view. The Sea of Steps. Photographed by Herbert Felton in 1948

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Cathedral Medieval Stair


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> Architecture > Medieval Architecture

> Architecture > Religious Architecture > Cathedrals

> Architecture > Religious Architecture

> Historic Images > Famed Photographers > Herbert Felton Collection (1888-1968)

> Historic Images > Historic Images 1900s - 1910s


EDITORS COMMENTS
This evocative photograph, taken by Herbert Felton in 1948, captures the breathtaking interior of Wells Cathedral in Somerset, England, specifically the famous "Sea of Steps." The medieval cathedral, renowned for its stunning Gothic architecture, is a testament to the rich history and artistic prowess of the region. The Sea of Steps, as it is affectionately known, is a unique architectural feature located at the base of the cathedral's magnificent vaulted ceiling. The intricately carved stone steps, which spiral upwards towards the heavens, create a mesmerizing visual effect that is both enchanting and awe-inspiring. The play of light and shadow on the steps, as well as the sense of depth and perspective they create, add to the overall sense of wonder and mystery that pervades the cathedral's interior. Herbert Felton's photograph masterfully captures the essence of this architectural marvel, inviting viewers to imagine the countless feet that have tread upon these ancient steps over the centuries. The photograph also serves as a reminder of the enduring beauty and significance of medieval architecture, which continues to inspire and captivate generations of visitors and admirers. Wells Cathedral, with its intricate carvings, soaring vaults, and enchanting interior features like the Sea of Steps, is a must-see destination for anyone interested in history, art, or architecture. This photograph offers a glimpse into the past, transporting us back in time to an era of craftsmanship, creativity, and spirituality.

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