The Divine Gem of Carlisle

On a day trip to the north-western city of Carlisle in Cumbria, we happened to visit the Carlisle Cathedral, quite by chance.

In fact, it was a bit of a rushed visit as we were on our way to the train station to catch our train home.

But what a find!

To be honest, you can’t really miss it, a beautiful red stone building in the middle of Carlisle and whether you are religious or not, the sheer artistry of this place is just beautiful! (Just have a look at the ceiling!)

For a bit of background, the cathedral started life as Norman Priory Church in the 1122 and became a cathedral in 1133, before evolving over the centuries into what it is today.

More info can be found on the Carlisle Cathedral website here

Don’t forget to have a look at the Treasury exhibit in the basement which houses archaeological finds and some historic information.

Ornate carvings in the Treasury exhibit

A relatively short blog this week as I thought the pictures spoke for themselves.

Needless to say, we will be back for an in-depth visit in the near future!

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