Lincoln Cathedral: Photos, History and Facts

Lincoln Cathedral in England

Lincoln Cathedral is a gorgeous example of gothic architecture that always had me awe-inspired during my time spent living in the English county of Lincolnshire.

The intricate stonework, soaring spires and ghostly gargoyles make this a beautiful cathedral to look at. But there is much more to Lincoln Cathedral than its alluring aesthetics.  This spectacular example of medieval architecture dates back to the 11th century. The cathedral was considered to be the tallest building in the world for a period in the middle ages. 

Lincoln Cathedral in England

It was extensively damaged during the 12th century – by a fire and, later on, an earthquake.  A major expansion and restoration project – that gave Lincoln Cathedral the grandeur it still has today – was undertaken shortly after.

Lincoln Cathedral in England

In the 13th century, the then Bishop of Lincoln, Hugh of Wells, was involved in the signing of the Magna Carta – an important legal document that was said to have laid the foundations for liberty and justice. It was kept in the cathedral for centuries, but the priceless Magna Carta is currently displayed nearby at Lincoln Castle

Lincoln Cathedral in England

In recent years, this startling English Cathedral has featured in a number of films, including the Da Vinci Code and The Young Victoria. 

Lincoln Cathedral in England

Lincoln Cathedral in England

Lincoln Cathedral in England

Lincoln Cathedral in England

Lincoln Cathedral in England

Lincoln Cathedral in England

Lincoln Cathedral in England

Lincoln Cathedral in England

Lincoln Cathedral in England

stonework on Lincoln Cathedral in England

Gargoyle, Lincoln Cathedral in England

stonework Lincoln Cathedral in England

gargoyle, stonework Lincoln Cathedral in England

gargoyle, stonework Lincoln Cathedral in England

gargoyle, stonework Lincoln Cathedral in England

Have you ever visited Lincoln Cathedral or would you like to? 

7 Comments

  1. January 20, 2013 / 01:08

    Gret pictures! I woudl love to visit Lincoln Cathedral one day. It looks very interesting. I am sure there are many stories lurking there.

    • January 27, 2013 / 16:02

      Thanks, Darlene! It’s a hauntingly beautiful cathedral and you can sense its dark history. I can imagine it’d be very inspirational to visit for a storyteller like yourself :-)

    • January 27, 2013 / 15:57

      Thanks, I never get bored of visiting here!

  2. January 27, 2013 / 23:44

    I love the photos! I like the close ups since they show how much detail went into it. The photo from the arch is a favorite!

    • February 3, 2013 / 19:26

      Thanks Michelle and welcome! :-)