ARCHITECT, English
(active 1220-1266 in Salisbury)

Interior view

1220-66
Photo
Cathedral, Salisbury

In Salisbury, as in English buildings generally, the love of decoration can be seen particularly well in the interiors. If one look eastwards along the nave, then first of all it is the richness of architectural materials that stands out clearly. Light limestone contrasts with the slender shafts, sills, and capitals of a dark, gleaming marble-like substance. This is the so-called Purbeck marble, a sedimentary limestone from the south of England that can be polished like marble. It became increasingly popular in England from the 12th century. The piers have complex shapes and they change shape from bay to bay. These piers bear huge arches with stepped profiles of a richness that cannot be found anywhere in France.

The photo shows the nave looking east.

View the ground plan of Salisbury Cathedral.




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