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photoblog image The Octagon in Ely's Cathedral

The Octagon in Ely's Cathedral

 

above the eastern crossing (1328-40) - "the central octagonal tower, with its vast internal open space and its pinnacles and lantern above, forms the most distinctive and celebrated feature of the cathedral ...what Pevsner describes as Ely's 'greatest individual achievement of architectural genius'".

 

"The number 8 is itself balanced, which means that it is the number of balancing both the material and spiritual aspects of our experience."

 

"The number 8 is very significant such that it is used 73 times in the Bible. It is the symbol of Resurrection and Regeneration. In Bible numerology, 8 means new beginning; it denotes “a new order or creation, and man's true 'born again' event when he is resurrected from the dead into eternal life.”"

The Octagon in Ely's Cathedral

 

above the eastern crossing (1328-40) - "the central octagonal tower, with its vast internal open space and its pinnacles and lantern above, forms the most distinctive and celebrated feature of the cathedral ...what Pevsner describes as Ely's 'greatest individual achievement of architectural genius'".

 

"The number 8 is itself balanced, which means that it is the number of balancing both the material and spiritual aspects of our experience."

 

"The number 8 is very significant such that it is used 73 times in the Bible. It is the symbol of Resurrection and Regeneration. In Bible numerology, 8 means new beginning; it denotes “a new order or creation, and man's true 'born again' event when he is resurrected from the dead into eternal life.”"

comments (13)

Un vrai bijou !
Philine: vraiment, merci beaucoup, Martine!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 22 May 2019, 05:04
I know of nowhere else like it..
Philine: Yes, it is unique, Ely Cathedral is my favourite cathedral in England after Wells Cathedral. Many thanks, Chris!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 22 May 2019, 06:17
It is mind-blowing what they were able to built back then. Fabulous architecture here. Wonderful POV, Philine.
Philine: Ely Cathedral is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in England. Heel bedankt, Astrid!
I like your synopsis of the number 8, Philine. I suddenly thought of "to infinity and beyond." smile
Philine: Yes, meaning also infinity ... - heel bedankt, Ginnie! You should visit Ely Cathedral one day, unique!
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 22 May 2019, 06:30
It’s a beautiful construction, and this is a good detailed photograph.
Philine: Many thanks, Chad! Do you visit one of France's magnifiques cathedrales?
Hummm.....j'adore !!!
Magnifique
Philine: J'adore aussi, merci bien, Claudine!
Like you Ely is my second favourite after Wells and the octagon is wonderful
Philine: Yes, it is a wonderful, unique cathedral. We had also a very good guidance through it. Many thanks, Bill! Our thoughts are in GB - every day!
  • Salima I.E.M. Senders
  • Netherlands
  • 22 May 2019, 07:53
Wow Philine, last few days I think every day that its not possible to find a more beautiful ceiling, but each day you have a new one more special than the day before! I´m realy exited!
Philine: You are too kind, Salima! I am always impressed whenever I enter a big cathedral, and in England there are some special ones. Heel bedankt, Salima!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 22 May 2019, 13:10
Intricate woodwork, also in the naves that are just showing.
Philine: Dit klopt - heel bedankt, Louis!
I recognised this beautiful part of the building from the thumbnail, it is one of the most wonderful things I've come across in any sacred building.
Philine: I recall your imaage of Ely Cathedral, it is my favourite cathedral after Wells Cathedral in England. Many thanks, Brian!
What wonders you have seen, Philine, and studied them all.
Philine: Ely Cathedral was a special experience - really wonderful! Many thanks, Mary!
you framed this beautiful octagon on the ceiling of this cathedral Philine....petersmile
Philine: Thank you very much, peter!
That's gorgeous - I'm so pleased you spent so much time looking up!

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