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article imageImages of St Albans Cathedral Special

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By Tim Sandle
Nov 11, 2012 in Travel
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St Albans Cathedral (formerly St Albans Abbey) is a cathedral church at St Albans, Hertfordshire, England. This photo essay contains some images within the cathedral, as well as some exterior views.
St Albans Abbey became a cathedral in 1877 and is the second longest cathedral in the United Kingdom.
It is the only 11th century great crossing tower still standing in England. The Cathedral towers over much of St Albans city. At 84 metres (276 ft) its nave is the longest of any cathedral in England. Much of the current layout and proportions of the structure date from the first Norman abbot, Paul of Caen (1077–1093).
Much of the cathedral's present architecture dates from Norman times. There are several impressive stained glass windows inside. The glass used to create these large illuminations was colored by adding metallic salts during its manufacture. The magnificent windows incorporate narratives drawn from the Bible, history.
There are other interesting things to see inside, including figures. The figures are replaced regularly and symbolize different aspects of the church. The massive oak door dates from the middle ages. It is often called the "Abbotts door". Interesting masonry of Romanesque architectural style abounds.
Floral displays: The display shown on the photograph below, was for Remembrance Sunday, which is held on the second Sunday in November. Remembrance Sunday is held to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.
Image of the exterior of the Cathedral
Image of the exterior of the Cathedral
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Side view of the Cathedral
Side view of the Cathedral
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Long view of the St Alban Cathedral.
Long view of the St Alban Cathedral.
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The very long nave of the cathedral.
The very long nave of the cathedral.
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An example of the Norman stone work
An example of the Norman stone work
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Impressive stained glass window  towering above the visitors.
Impressive stained glass window, towering above the visitors.
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Stained glass window.
Stained glass window.
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Figures overlooking the altar  representing the struggles of Christians
Figures overlooking the altar, representing the struggles of Christians
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Old wooden door circa 1300
Old wooden door circa 1300
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Norman masonry.
Norman masonry.
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Impressive floral display for Remembrance Sunday.
Impressive floral display for Remembrance Sunday.
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