SU8504 : Norman arches, Chichester Cathedral

taken 4 years ago, near to Chichester, West Sussex, Great Britain

Norman arches, Chichester Cathedral
Norman arches, Chichester Cathedral
These three storeys of an arched door with two arched windows above are a classic example of Norman Romanesque architecture. Each exhibits the semicircular arch, and the door has some typical simple geometric carving around it.
This semicircular arch is absolutely typical of the Romanesque period (c.1066 - c.1180) after which the pointed arch of the three great Gothic periods took over. Semicircular arches returned to some degree during the Classical Renaissance period (e.g. Wren, Hawksmoor) but this was nearly 500 years later.
Semicircular arches are also sometimes found from the Anglo-Saxon period that immediately preceded the Normans, but these tended to be more for internal arches such as that between the nave and chancel. Arched windows from the Saxon period tended to be much narrower than the ones seen here.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 14 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 17 September, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites 
Period (from Tags)
Norman 
Place (from Tags)
Chichester 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 8590 0477 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:50.1658N 0:46.8901W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 8590 0476
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NORTH (about 0 degrees)
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