Photographer's Note

I continue my travelogue. After wonderful day in York, with no adventures I went early in the morning to Durham. (In England I travelled by train, I had all my tickets bought already in Warsaw, it was cheap and comfortable.) The main attraction in Durham is the Norman cathedral and the castle on a high hill over the river. But the castle is the seat of the university (no visitors) and inside the cathedral it was not allowed to make photos :(, so I liked Durham less then Lincoln and York.

Durham is a city in the North East of England, well known for its Norman Cathedral and 11th-century castle, both designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986. The Castle has been the home of Durham University since 1832. HM Prison Durham is also located close to the city centre.
During the medieval period the city found spiritual prominence because it was the final resting place of Saint Cuthbert and Saint Bede the Venerable. Before the Reformation the shrine of Saint Cuthbert, situated behind the High Altar of Durham Cathedral, was the most important religious site in England until the martyrdom of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury. The saint's relics remain enshrined to the present day. Saint Bede's bones are also entombed in the cathedral. Durham’s geographical position has always given it an important position in the defence of England against the Scots.
Sir Walter Scott was inspired by the view of the cathedral from South Street and he wrote:

Yet well I love thy mixed and massive piles
Half church of God, half castle 'gainst the Scot
And long to roam those venerable aisles
With records stored of deeds long since forgot.

I WS two postcards showing the both objects. But I like the view of this courtyard more. And you?

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