Durham Cathedral
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Location Durham, England   map
Date 1093 to 1280   timeline
Building Type church, cathedral
 Construction System bearing masonry, cut stone
Climate temperate
Style Romanesque
Notes "Cathedral of Saint Cuthbert". ribbed vaults throughout.
Images

 


Photo, exterior showing entry and tower

Photo, historical

Photo, historical
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Drawings

 


Elevation Drawing

Plan Drawing

Section Drawing

Site Plan Drawing

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Discussion Durham Cathedral Commentary

"Durham Cathedral, begun in 1093 and completed toward 1130, is the definitive building of the Anglo-Norman Romanesque—indeed, one of the great structures of the period in Europe. Its scale is enormous, some 400 feet in length and its forms overpowering. The building carries, moreover, special qualities not easy to fathom."

— Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman. Architecture: from Prehistory to Post-Modernism. p211-12.

"The rib vault covering of Durham Cathedral is the oldest example that has survived. The plan of the building was Romanesque and the architect decided to adopt this procedure from the first. Between 1093 and 1104 the choir and the apse were similarly vaulted, and subsequently the rest of the cathedral."

— John Julius Norwich. The World Atlas of Architecture. p202.

Resources
Sources on Durham Cathedral

Werner Blaser and Monica Stucky. Drawings of Great Buildings. Boston: Birkhauser Verlag, 1983. ISBN 3-7643-1522-9. LC 83-15831. NA2706.U6D72 1983. longitudinal section drawing of one bay showing nave and aisles in elevation, p87. transverse section drawing showing nave and aisles, p87. plan drawing, p87. — Available at Amazon.com

Donald Corner and Jenny Young. Slide from photographer's collection. PCD.2260.1012.1834.031

Frank Hoar. An Introduction to English Architecture. London: Evans Brothers Limited, 1963. NA961.H6. axonometric section drawing, p27.

Johnson Architectural Images. Copyrighted slides in the Artifice Collection.

Hubert Pragnell. The Styles of English Architecture. London: B.T. Batsford, 1984. ISBN 0-7134-3768-5. NA961.P73 1984. site plan drawing, f37, p56. site perspective drawing, f37, p56.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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