St Nicholas Cathedral Newcastle upon Tyne is a lovely little gem of a cathedral! St Nicholas was the patron saint of boats and sailors. Built in 1291, it was burnt to the ground in 1216 and rebuilt in 1359. It finally became a cathedral in 1882. The style is Gothic.
The stained glass in the cathedral is absolutely beautiful and the ornate carvings pay homage to the craftsmanship that must have been around in past times.
Memorials include Trafalgar hero Admiral Lord Collingwood and a effigy of a unknown knight from the 13th century.
The atmosphere of the cathedral is a very tranquil one. The cafeteria and shop are full of the smell of home made food and thoughtful souvenirs: a happy environment.
The cathedral has a most unusual spire. It is called a Lantern spire and is the first one I have ever seen, and was constructed in 1448.
The 12 bells in the tower are VERY loud when they are rung and they are rung daily to welcome people to the church service.
Take a virtual tour of this interesting building HERE
Some fabulous pictures of the cathedral’s stained glass, which is notoriously difficult to photograph, HERE
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