Salisbury Cathedral, which has the official name of the Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is an Anglican cathedral located in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, about 1.5 hours drive from London. Unlike other historic buildings in the UK are usually a combination of more than one style of architecture, Salisbury Cathedral has only one consistent architectural style is Early English Gothic. The building is considered a leading example of the architectural style of the British in the early centuries. Salisbury Cathedral is the mother church of the diocese of Salisbury and the seat of the Bishop of Salisbury.
Salisbury Cathedral was built in 1220 and require 38 years to complete. This cathedral has a 123-meter high tower, which has won the title as the tallest church spire in the UK since it was built until now, and also the foyer (cloister) and the area of the church (cathedral close) the largest in Britain, covering an area of 320 thousand m 2.
Salisbury Cathedral also has the world’s oldest modern clock that still functioning, comes from the year 1386. Although it is called an hour, do not imagine this clock as modern clocks that we have today, with numbers and needle clock. Because it is the era, the clock does not have a face, but just to remember the time every hour with the ringing of a bell. This clock had been on the bell tower, located in the northwest of the main building of the cathedral, but was later moved to the tower of the cathedral after the bell tower torn down in 1790.
One part of the Salisbury Catedral is the Chapter House. The chapter house is a gathering place of the board of the cathedral, usually there are almost all the cathedrals. Chapter house at Salisbury Cathedral, famous with octagonal shape, slender pillars of the middle part, and walls with medieval decorative style. Decoration on the walls, which redecorated by William Burge in 1855-1859, depicting stories from the Book of Genesis and Exodus, including the story of Adam-Eve, Noah, and Abraham.
As in most of the cathedral, in Salisbury Cathedral there are also several tombs. Among them is the tomb of Sir Edward Heath, a former member of parliament and the British prime minister who spent 20 years of his life in the area of Salisbury Cathedral.
Salisbury Chatedral visited by over 500 thousand people each year. Both of which come to worship purposes, as a tourist, or attend other events are held at Salisbury Cathedral, such as concerts and art exhibitions. Salisbury Cathedral is also well known as a place that becomes the target of a film director as setting locations for the architecture of the church and the beautiful surrounding area.
Visitors who come to travel to Salisbury Cathedral can follow the Tower Tour and see the beautiful view from the top of the tallest church spire in the UK. We can also take a walk themselves through leaflets or follow one of the volunteer guides to see the interior of the cathedral, cloister, chapter house, a historic copy of the Magna Carta and the oldest clock belonging to Salisbury Cathedral.
If you want to buy souvenirs, Salisbury Cathedral Gift Shop provides a variety of souvenirs, candy, jewelry, clothing, CDs, books, photographs and postcards that you can buy as a memento. For fans of historic buildings and classical architecture, Salisbury Cathedral is obliged to add to the list of places to visit while in the UK. We are free to take a picture (photograph or record) in the cathedral, except in the Chapter House or while there is a church service.