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Norwich Cathedral
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The panorama shows the crossing, which is the centre of the cathedral situated directly below the Norman lantern and tower.

The lectern, made of medieval brass, is shaped like a pelican. Behind are a wooden pulpit and Bishop's seat in the lavish Victorian style.

Beyond is the Presbytery and then the Sanctuary where the Bishop's throne is situated. The seat is known as the cathedra, giving the cathedral its name. Its stone Saxon fountains mean that it is more than 1,000 years old.

Unlike other cathedrals, this throne has remained in place since the building was consecrated in 1101.

Straddling the crossing are the choir stalls, famous for their medieval misericords: tip-up seats which fold back to form rests, or 'mercy seats' for monks to lean against while praying.

Their carvings show an array of monsters, beasts and grotesques, which include a winged lion.

To commemorate the cathedral's 900th birthday, new misericords were commissioned, including a Norwich City one which features the goalkeeper Bryan Gunn.

Text by Andrew McFadyen.

See also:

Norwich Cathedral tower | St Helen's Church | Castle Acre Priory | Roman Catholic Cathedral

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Churches in Norwich | Norwich Cathedral

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