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Monday, August 11, 2008

Ship-shape and Winchester fashion

I was reading about cathedrals and encountered this picture of the nave of Winchester cathedral:



And I was reminded of my one visit to the place, when a friend pointed out to me a sloping mirror provided for easier inspection of the vaulting without craning one's neck. He mentioned that if I went and stood on the other side of the mirror and looked down the nave the effect was rather dramatic, and demonstrated nicely why they called it a "nave". Behold:

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