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Academy of Lifelong Learning

English Cathedrals - Session 1

John Ames

Fridays, February 5 – March 11 (six weeks)
4:15 – 5:30 pm
Lecture/Discussion
The medieval cathedrals, churches and abbeys of Britain are among the outstanding human achievements of art, architecture, engineering, and spirituality. This course will be similar to one taught in 2009, but, though all the medieval cathedrals in Great Britain will be mentioned, the course will concentrate on a few examples – perhaps Durham, York, and Salisbury. John Ames will cover the history and religion. Engineering professor Dick Lance will explain, in an understandable way, why a stone building, built by primitive methods with little foundation and a 400-foot stone spire, can stand for over 1000 years.