(active 1220-1240 in Lincoln)

Exterior view

Cathedral, Lincoln

Lincoln Cathedral is a historic cathedral located in Lincoln in England and seat of the Bishop of Lincoln in the Church of England. Building commenced in 1088 and continued in several phases throughout the medieval period. It was reputedly the tallest building in the world for 238 years (1311-1549).

The west façades of the English cathedrals are insignificant compared with the French ones. Porches, added to the naves and developed sometimes into superb pieces of independent decorative architecture, serve as main entrances instead. And when there are fully developed façades, as at Wells and Lincoln, they have an existence unrelated to the interiors behind, are screens, as it were, placed in front of the church proper, and not the logically designed outward projection of the inside system, as are the French façades.

The photo shows the west façade of Lincoln Cathedral.

View the ground plan of Lincoln Cathedral.

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