Carlisle Cathedral

Sometimes it is nice to travel and explore. My photos for this week’s photo challenge, Wanderlust, were taken towards the end of March, when I spent some time wandering around the cathedral grounds after travelling for more than an hour by train. In the sunshine I noticed features of the architecture, which I had missed previously. I took close-ups rather than trying to fit the whole of the impressive building into a single snap.

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Door prompt (2 photos)

This week’s Daily Post photographic prompt is a Door.  The first door I thought of snapping was the main door at Carlisle Cathedral.

Site of earlier doors at Carlisle Cathedral
Site of earlier doors at Carlisle Cathedral

It is currently hidden behind scaffolding covered with large posters, welcoming visitors.  I missed the opportunity while there were no people in front of it.  After lunch there was a crowd of people taking part in some kind of end of term ceremony.  I found a more interesting door-related subject.

West door at St Bees Priory
West door at St Bees Priory

 

Carlisle Cathedral is a red sandstone building.
The sandstone, which has been quarried for centuries in the vicinity of St Bees, is known as St Bees sandstone.  By contrast the main door at St Bees Priory is unobstructed.  The carved sandstone has been weathered by the prevailing westerly winds since Norman times.