Durham Cathedral a favourite place to be!

Posted on: October 23rd, 2014

I live and work in the North East of England and in my humble opinion one of the most wonderful places to live. My favourite city in the North East is Durham. I am particularly fond of the Cathedral, Castle and palace green area.

I never cease to be amazed by the size and scale of Durham Cathedral. Every time we visit the city I always want to go and look at it. I marvel at the way it was constructed. Construction today is extremely complicated with all of the processes and technologies involved. However, in the days when it was created the equipment they used was little more than a timber scaffolding and masons tools. It took over 40 years to create back in the 11th century and still stands as a testament to the workmanship of that age. The building is beautiful in its own environment. Palace green and the proximity of the castle are in perfect positions. It is enhanced by its context, I am sure if it were surrounded by buildings immediately adjacent the Cathedral would not have the same stature.

“Durham is one of the great experiences of Europe to the eyes of those who appreciate architecture, and to the minds of those who understand architecture. The group of Cathedral, Castle, and Monastery on the rock can only be compared to Avignon and Prague.”—Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England.