Norwich Cathedral is a magnificent Norman building
set in the largest close in England.
Nestled in the heart of Norwich, this birds-eye
view from the roof of Norfolk Tower shows a unique picture of this
popular city attraction.
The construction work on the cathedral began in
1096 under the Norman bishop Herbert de Losinga, but he did not
see the cathedral finished before he died in 1119.
His successors continued the work on the
incomplete nave and central tower.
The cathedral spire is the second tallest in England,
and the cloisters are the largest monastic cloisters in the country.
The nave roof bosses, illustrating the Bible from
Creation to the Day of Judgement, and the Saxon Bishop's throne
in the eastern apse, are unique features.
The cathedral is built of flint rubble and mortar
faced with limestone ashlar, imported from Caen in France (the lighter,
smoother stone) and from Barnack in Northamptonshire (greyer, fossil-filled
The ground plan is almost unchanged from the Romanesque
original, with fourteen bays making up an unusually long aisle.
In case you're wondering why there is sometimes
a lot of sky in the picture, this webcam view is provided by the
same camera which is used for the television forecast by BBC Weather
- they like to look at clouds!