The church is large and spacious inside and outside. We came from a parking lot towards the back of the cathedral complex, enabling us to see many different views of the exterior.
|Work being done on the front side of the church|
|Back corner of the church|
|The tower rebuilt in the 1800s|
|Statue with a live bird on it!|
The entrance to the church on the west front is quite impressive.
|The front doors of the church|
Inside, the first thing you find is the carved 13th-century baptismal font. This marble bowl was one of the first furnishings of the church.
|Lucy by the medieval font|
The nave has a painted wooden ceiling that dates from the 1200s and is the only one in England to survive from that period.
|Nave; sorry I didn't get a good shot of the ceiling|
The side aisles are also impressive, made of stone.
|Victorian Heating System|
In the center of the nave hangs a crucifix donated in 1975. The Latin inscription is "the cross stands while the world turns," i.e. the cross is a solid foundation as the world keeps changing.
Many other artworks are found throughout the church.
|Peter Leaves the Boat to See Jesus|
|The Good Shepherd|
In the south transept is St. Oswald's Chapel. The arm of the saint was there until 1539, presumably it was hidden away during the Reformation.
|St. Oswald Chapel|
In the center are the choir stalls, dating from the 1800s, along with the organ.
|Carvings by the choir stalls|
|Where the choir sings the Divine Office|
This area also has the pulpit and the cathedra, or bishop's seat.
This leads us on into the sanctuary, the part of the church that extends past the crossing and the choir stalls. The ceiling is even more ornate here, including some fan-vaulting and an amazing depiction of Jesus on the ceiling.
|Fan vaulting in the side aisle|
|East end ceiling with Jesus and the apostles|
The sanctuary has the main altar of the church.
The sanctuary is home to the most important historical parts of the church. Most ancient is the Hedda Stone or the Monks' Stone. Twelve carved figures represent the apostles and the stone itself is dedicated to the memory of the monks who died in the Viking raid that destroyed the first monastery. The stone dates from the 800s.
|Monks' Stone/Hedda Stone|
On the left side of the sanctuary is the tomb of Queen Katharine of Aragon, the first wife of Henry VIII. She was buried here in 1536.
|Tomb of Katharine of Aragon|
On the other side of the church is the former resting place of Mary, Queen of Scots. The queen was buried in 1587 but moved to Westminster Abbey in 1612.
|Former tomb of Mary, Queen of Scots|
Some of the bishops are also buried here.
|Archbishop William Magee's tomb (d. 1891)|
|Bishop Mandell Ceighton's tomb (d. 1901)|
In the north transept is the cathedral's treasury, where the sacred vessels and other valuable objects used at the abbey/cathedral are on display.
|Jacob in the treasury|
|Gold and silver pattens for holding Holy Communion|
|Seals used at the church|
|More sacred vessels|
A chapel dedicated to St. Benedict, founder of Western Monasticism, has a splendid stained glass window.
|St. Benedict's window|
The cathedral complex is quite extensive, including many buildings for administration and other uses.
|Map of cathedral complex|
|Gate to the city of Peterborough|
Just for the historical and artistic glory, Peterborough Cathedral is worth a visit.