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Peterborough Cathedral, a Gothic marvel

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Peterborough Cathedral is considered among the most beautiful cathedrals in England, it will surely impress you starting with the magnificent Gothic facade. Architecturally it is considered a unique and never repeated example of English Gothic.

Peterborough Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral Church of St Peter, St Paul and St Andrew is a cathedral of the Church of England, seat of the Bishop of Peterborough. The cathedral is the third cathedral to be built on this site. The first cathedral was founded in 655, with the second successive building in 793 The cathedral has a long and complicated history. It is also one of the few English cathedrals to have been designed since its construction.

The cathedral is built in the Norman style with a cruciform shape. It consists of a nave and a presbytery, side chapels and a tower at the western end. The tower is in two phases, the lower one is square and the upper one octagonal.

The cathedral dates back to 1118, as expected it took years to complete.

 

Peterborough Cathedral ceiling

The painted wooden ceiling, even this almost unique in fact there are only 4 similar ones in the world, was completed in 1250 It has a very interesting and complex style, with many details. The cathedral ceiling is known for its vaulted wooden roof, originally built by Anglo-Norman masons in the 1100 and renewed in 1800 The roof consists of two semicircular domes, with an octagonal lantern among them. The structure is supported by a central pillar with eight stone pillars on each side. The ceiling is finely decorated with carved oak panels, painted and gilded plaster and stained glass windows.

The ceiling is divided into two parts: the upper part shows scenes from the Old Testament and the lower part shows scenes from the New Testament. The series of paintings at the bottom of the ceiling are painted in a grisaille style, while those at the top of the ceiling are painted in a more colorful style. The ceiling is decorated with a series of paintings depicting scenes from the Old and New Testaments.

The Peterborough Cathedral ceiling, completed in 1879 followed the original style it had the triangles in three overlapping layers, but the ending version consists of only two layers. The Peterborough Cathedral ceiling was created by British architect George Frederick Bodley. The project is based on a similar one for the windows of the nave, which he had seen in a cathedral in France.

The ceiling certainly helps an attempt that sense of lightness you find inside of the cathedral, which manages to be majestic and humble in one fell swoop.

The Cathedral Towers

The main tower of the Peterborough Cathedral was completed in 1350 – 1380 and is in a Gothic style with traces of Romanesque and was rebuilt piece by piece in the 1800 The tower is a Norman project. The tower of the cathedral is a landmark for the city and a popular tourist destination.

The tower is built mainly of limestone, with some brick and ashlar in the bathroom. It has a square plan with a protruding entrance veranda and is surmounted by an octagonal spire with weather vane. The tower is the tallest in the city and, a 64 meters high, it is one of the tallest of British cathedrals.

 

The tomb of Catherine of Aragon

The cathedral is also known as a resting place of Catherine of Aragon, who lived since 1350 to the 1536 and was the first wife of Henry VIII, King of England. Catherine of Aragon was buried in Peterborough Cathedral on November 2 1380

You cannot lose it, many still leave us the flowers even though it has been dead for centuries. For a time, even Maria Stuarda was buried here. Later her son who became King James I moved her to Westminster Abbey.

One peace Peterborough Cathedral housed the relics of several saints including St Thomas Becket. Disadvantage the dissolution of the monasteries of Henry VIII all these relics were destroyed or were lost.

The cathedral is asymmetrical, in fact one of the two towers located just behind the great facade never completed. The asymmetry is only noticeable for a certain distance.

How to get to Peterborough Cathedral

You can much enter the Peterborough Cathedral visit on a day trip from London. It is about an hour by train and about 2 hours by bus on the National Express which often offers very discounted prices.

Peterborough Cathedral is located on the south bank of the River Nene. It is within walking distance of the train station. The cathedral is open to visitors and has a café and keepsake shop.

 

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New York City, An interactive civil rights museum will open in Harlem

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The new Museum of Civil Rights will be a welcoming, inclusive and accessible facility, managed by the Civil Liberty Structure; will host not only permanent and temporary exhibitions but also promotional events for local artists, workshops, discussion forums and discussion spaces

The museum will also have a green space for the cultivation of fruit and vegetables, dedicated to education on sustainability and food consumption: this is the Roof Training Yard , a “didactic garden” located on a large terrace.

The museum will also include the Harlem Discussion Forum , located on the top floor of One 45 Tower. In this place it will be possible to attend talks, conferences and shows, enjoying an incredible panoramic view of the city.

At the centre of the cultural program will be the history of civil and trade union rights, feminist struggles, LGBTQI + associations, religious groups such as Jews, Muslims and Sikhs and in general all minorities persecuted for social, racial, sexual orientation, political reasons. and religious.  The museum is created by activists to promote a greater understanding of the history and legacy of the modern civil rights movements in the United States.  Keep it in mind next time you visit NYC.

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Not more red light district in Amsterdam, at least not in the centre

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It is down to Femke Haselma, mayor of the city, who wants to protect the women and trans people who work every day in one of the most populated and visited neighbourhoods in the whole of Amsterdam. We are talking about the De Wallen district, the one commonly referred to as “red light”. According to the new plan, the area will be redeveloped and a new centre for prostitution will be created.

The first citizen of Amsterdam has thought of a new way for all women and trans people who used to offer their services among the over 300 windows of the neighbourhood to work safely. The new  facility is a  building of 5 thousand square meters with  100 rooms, bars, restaurants, spaces for erotic performances and shops located in the suburbs.

According to a survey by 2019, the red light district workers union, for the 93% of sex workers, is against moving to another area Many of them are not satisfied, many fear that the new space is not big enough for all the workers in the famous neighbourhood. Furthermore, instead of helping and protecting women and trans people who work in this world, there is a risk of increasing clandestine work, making all these workers very most vulnerable

But according to some, the mayor’s idea is an excellent start to develop Amsterdam in a safer and more inclusive level, however, leads to the marginalization of all the sex employees who have always contributed to creating an identity of the city.

  Femke Haselma would like to move the district to protect all the workers and to discourage tourists and curious people. By moving the district to a new area, the centre of Amsterdam would be less chaotic and overcrowded, giving dignity to a profession that, over the years, in the red light district, has become a tourist attraction.

 

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Are people willing to travel again and how?

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Not many people made travel plans in the past year but in 2021 we will resume travelling even if we have to face a maze of rules and restrictions. To guarantee safety, serenity and precisely the possibility of returning to see the world. New research conducted by Booking.com, the leading d travel platform with nearly 30 millions structures, there are now five types of travel that are emerging for the foreseeable future

We start with solo travel, which according to the platform they will most likely see an increase, to be even safer and limit the risks. In fact, data from Booking.com before the pandemic showed that only 17% of travellers age interested advertisement solo holidays, against the current 30% ready to organize such a trip in the future. In short, the important thing is to leave. 

 51% of people said they will no longer take the freedom to move for granted in the future which is a big lesson to learn in our age. Only 13% are actually planning a luxury stay (e.g. in a 5-star vacation home or resort).

Last year, and still in this phase, many have been away from friends and family for long periods, for reasons of geographic distance as well as safety. According to the 61% of the interviewees, a good part of future trips will be dedicated precisely to re-establish relationships and relationships

But people are worried to book in case there are changes. Over half of the interviewees (53%) prefer to take short breaks abroad in 2021 rather than a long holiday. 

Not all are prepared to travel abroad for the same reasons, people are still worried and although there is a strong desire to travel again, the mood is to err on the side of caution for the time being. 

 

 

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