ARCHITECT, English
(active around 1078 in London)

Interior view

c. 1078
Photo
White Tower, London

The mighty White Tower fulfills many roles: it is a defensive structure, residence and prestigious building, and at the same time the symbol of William the Conqueror's rule of London. Gundulf, the bishop who already had experience of building in Rochester, had the White Tower constructed for his king from about 1078, and personally equipped the rather bare St. John's chapel for its function as a private chapel.

The chapel is a semi-circular projection at the southern end of the east side of the building, occupying the third and forth storeys. It is an aisled galleried chapel without a clerestory, with round pillars and an ambulatory. Particularly noteworthy the stone vaulting throughout the chapel; the nave is barrel-vaulted and the aisles groin-vaulted, and the galleries are covered by semi-circular vaults.

The photo shows the interior of St. John's Chapel.

View the cross-section with chapel of the White Tower.




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