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.”"
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