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Wells Cathedral

The "Scissors" buttresses
18/11/16
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Glory to God
Another day and another cathedral to visit. Beautiful from both outside and in; and most welcoming in it's people and place of worship.

Wells Cathedral - built in the 12th century on the western slopes of the Mendip Hills in Somerset. The West front contains a huge gallery of sculptures - you just have to stop and stare.

Inside - an interesting piece of architecture in the Nave. Whilst the stonework looks relatively new - this was in fact made between 1338 and 1348. This is a unique set of "Scissor Arches" - which was a medieval solution to spread the weight and distribute the loading, and stop the tower sinking.
And we think we are clever today. Those engineers and architects from the 14th century were clever too - to come up with this design as a solution to a problem.

Solution aside - the symmetry of the arches seems to add grandeur to the glory of God - reaching heavenward. Truly a sight to behold.

My photo could just not do this clever design justice - but here it is, with all it's weaknesses.