Cathedral

The first cathedral at Salisbury was up in the Celtic hillfort - by then a Norman castle - of Old Sarum, where its outlines can still be seen.. Some account of this cathedral and its very worldly bishop occurs in the 'Castle' chapter of SARUM. But around the year 1200, it was decided to move the cathedral down into the rich meadows below, and to lay out a market town beside it. This new foundation, and the details of how the new cathedral with its soaring spire was built by the medieval architects, and stonemasons, is told in the 'Founding' chapter of SARUM.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
As those who have read PARIS will know, the Parisian neighborhood of Les Halles, now known for its vast mall complex, was once the site of the Cimetière des Innocents, Paris’ largest cemetery. What started in the 12th century as a smallish graveyard ballooned to a resting place for over 2 million corpses ! By the 1780’s, the cemetery had become so overfilled and unhygienic that Louis XVI closed it, and ordered all bodies be exhumed and transferred to the Catacombs. Today, only one relic remains from the neighborhood’s eerie past - La Fontaine des Innocents – a fountain built in the sixteenth century which once marked the entrance to the graveyard.




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