Saturday, October 23, 2010

Another Side with that Portion of London?

Inspired by this blog post, I'd like to take another trip from London to Winchester! Winchester Cathedral is one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in England with the longest nave of any Gothic cathedral in Europe. It is dedicated to the Holy Trinity, St. Peter and St. Paul, and St. Swithin, and is the cathedral of the diocese of Winchester in the Church of England.

St. Swithun was the Anglo-Saxon, Catholic Bishop of Winchester in the 9th century. Of course, his shrine was desecrated and destroyed during the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539. The feast of Swithun, Bishop of Winchester is celebrated on July 15 on the Kalender of Common Worship in the Church of England, and a shrine to him has been restored.

Jane Austen is buried in Winchester Cathedral. The Cathedral honored her this past summer with some special programs.

While there, we will certainly have to sing "Winchester Cathedral" -- watch this version by Petula Clark.

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