Today CJ and I went to Chester Cathedral. Parts of the Cathedral (admittedly a very small part) date back 2000 years. The present church, however, was not built as a cathedral but as a monastry in 1092 - over a thousand years ago. So it's seen quite a lot happen over its lifetime. I used to go to the Cathedral when I was in my late teens/early twenties. Chester has always been very important to me and at one time the Cathedral was, briefly, too. What surprised me today was that I didn't remember the inside of the building at all. Of course the main body of the church has changed little but the infrastructure for visitors (who have to pay an admission charge) has made considerable changes. There were far fewer visitors than I recall and I suspect that the charge is a substantial contributory factor. The building is a historical edifice and regardless of the religious significance today it has played a hugely important part in the life of Chester.
I am sure that on this Blog and on CJ's Blog there will be many posts on our visit and doubtless a lot of duplication.
I thought that I would start my posts with a very modern addition to the Cathedral: a sculpture by Stephen Broadbent entitled Water of Life and installed in the Cloisters Garden of the Cathedral in 1994. I think it is one of the most beautiful things in the Cathedral