Ely Cathedral Tour | Interior


I'm so excited to share my Ely Cathedral experience today! It's safe to say that Ely Cathedral was one of THE main reasons that I wanted to live in Ely. It is incredibly beautiful and the first time that we visited Ely, the cathedral took my breath away! It definitely has the "wow" factor that we were looking for when choosing a town to live in.

I happened to walk into the cathedral just as an Octagon Tower tour was beginning and I jumped at the chance to join along. The tour is led by a guide and the groups are usually small...we had about 7 people in our group. Douglas, our guide, gave us all a great amount of information that I am going to try and remember for you all :)

Since I took so many pictures, I am going to share just the interior of the cathedral with you today....with a little history of course!

The history of the cathedral begins in 673 with Queen Etheldreda. She was born near Newmarket circa 633. After two arranged marriages, Etheldreda decided to become a nun...go figure! She and her aunt Ebbe founded a monastery in a restored church, which eventually became the current site of Ely Cathedral. 
Etheldreda's monastery flourished for 200 years until it was destroyed by the Danes. It was refounded as a Benedictine community in 970.
The present day Cathedral began construction in the 11th century by Abbott Simeon. The church was named a cathedral in 1109. That's over 900 years old, if you're counting.
In 1322, after some unfortunate planning in building the Lady Chapel, the main tower collapsed. Luckily, no one was injured and the tower was rebuilt by 1340. Some of the damage remains however. 
In 1539, Henry VII dissolved the Cathedral and destroyed many of the Cathedral's statues and carvings.of time between 1536 and 1541 was known as the Dissolution of the Monostaries. However, the Cathedral was restored in 1541. Silly Henry VII!!
Luckily, this guy is still here and he is fabulous! 

There have been many renovations since then with the last one completed in 2000.


Ely Cathedral is truly the gem of the city. I am still in awe of the structure every time I pass it. If I was Kate, I would have chosen this Cathedral over Westminster Abbey any day :)







It truly is a special place to visit. The architecture is stunning and is such a joy for any photographer. Join me for the next post on the exterior and the tower tour...coming soon :)


Travel Tuesday

-Jamie

16 comments

  1. I used to hate (when I was as small kid) going into churches while growing up abroad. Ironically now I love it. The photographer heart of mine just loves all the details. Your photographs are amazing and I love everything you captured to share with us today. Cannot wait to see more. Thank you for linking up for Travel Tuesday, a pleasure as always. x

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    1. Thanks Bonnie! I was the same way as a child...and now I have become my parents ;)

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    1. I juts love seeing it everyday, it really stands out against the flat landscape!

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  3. I absolutely love going into cathedrals in England. They have some stunning ones! x

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    1. I know it! I always will stop in the large churches everywhere we go....I just love the details.

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  4. I love going into Cathedrals! I am not religious at all, but they still feel like such special places

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    1. I love it when they have a lot of candlelight....makes them feel even more special :)

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  5. Cathedrals are definitely always such impressive buildings! :)

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    1. Yes, and this one is pretty much in the middle of nowhere, so it stands out and you can see it from miles away. It's stunning!

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  6. Looks like a truly beautiful cathedral! I especially love the photos of the ceilings - those are always my favorite part of large cathedrals like this - the details never fail to amaze!

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    1. Oh yes, I always leave with a slight pain in my neck from staring up at the ceiling for too long :)

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  7. Cathedrals are always so beautiful! The insides are just full of details and are always different!

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    1. They really are all different! The details amaze me :)

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  8. Ok that is so beautiful! I have a serious love for cathedrals after living in the UK.

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    1. Same here! I just love that they are everywhere and so accessible! I can't get enough :)

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