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Ely Cathedral 4/7

The Octagon (see tomorrow) and its tower reminds us of how glory can come out of ruin, hope overcome despair and death lead to new life. You might like to pause and reflect as you think about its story. It was under the Octagon that the Choir stalls, now to the east, were originally sited - where heaven and earth are joined, the monks sang God's praises and said their prayers. Today the Octagon is the site of the principal altar in the Cathedral, where the main Sunday Eucharist is celebrated. This service, in which we remember the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, also brings heaven to earth and raises earth to heaven. By the fourteenth century architectural styles had changed, and the Octagon was built in the contemporary Gothic style, with stronger pointed arches and more elaborate decoration. Around the Octagon are a series of small carvings on either side of the arches of the main pillars. These are among the few medieval carvings in the Cathedral to have survived the Reformation, perhaps because they tell the story of St Etheldreda.

Ely Cathedral 4/7

The Octagon (see tomorrow) and its tower reminds us of how glory can come out of ruin, hope overcome despair and death lead to new life. You might like to pause and reflect as you think about its story. It was under the Octagon that the Choir stalls, now to the east, were originally sited - where heaven and earth are joined, the monks sang God's praises and said their prayers. Today the Octagon is the site of the principal altar in the Cathedral, where the main Sunday Eucharist is celebrated. This service, in which we remember the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, also brings heaven to earth and raises earth to heaven. By the fourteenth century architectural styles had changed, and the Octagon was built in the contemporary Gothic style, with stronger pointed arches and more elaborate decoration. Around the Octagon are a series of small carvings on either side of the arches of the main pillars. These are among the few medieval carvings in the Cathedral to have survived the Reformation, perhaps because they tell the story of St Etheldreda.

comments (10)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 7 Dec 2017, 00:24
You have expertly cleaned off the mobs of pilgrims, Brian.
Brian Walbey: I was lucky that the cathedral didn't have that many visitors that day.
What an amazing place, Brian!! A lovely photo!
Brian Walbey: Wait until you see tomorrows post, it is the part of the cathedral that the building is famous for.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 7 Dec 2017, 05:36
A wonderful space isn't it
Brian Walbey: Magnificent is the word I think Chris.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 7 Dec 2017, 06:31
This reminds me a bit of the lobby in Parliament Brian.
Brian Walbey: Indeed the bit we see on the news looks like this.
The octagon is a wonderful area in this beautiful cathedral Brian
Brian Walbey: Very much so Bill, that's my post for tomorrow.
There is a great feeling here, Brian.
Brian Walbey: It is a lovely place to be in mary, tomorrows post shows what the cathedral is famous for.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 7 Dec 2017, 16:54
This is a magnificent space, Brian
Brian Walbey: When we first arrived there was an altar and communion rails set up in this area for a midday service, and then it was cleared away.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 7 Dec 2017, 17:08
Oh, this is a wonderful image of this magnificent Ely Cathedrsl!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Philine, it really is a lovely building.
Nice capture, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tom.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Dec 2017, 20:38
It's magnificent; I can't wait to see it for myself. Do you have to pay to be allowed to take photos? What;s their view on tripods?
Brian Walbey: I'm sure you will enjoy your visit Alan.

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