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Iona Cathedral, From The South-East

Iona Cathedral, From The South-East

Photographer: Wilson, George Washington

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1867


Item number: 6

Length: 10

Width: 7.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"The principal edifice on the island is the Cathedral or Abbey Church. It seems to consist of at least two distinct parts, built at different times, besides having undergone several alterations, such as the building up of windows, &c. The part that stretches eastward from the tower is of the style of architecture belonging to the thirteenth century, while the other part is of later date. The stone employed is of different kinds, but chiefly of red granite, brought from the adjoining coast of Mull. Some of them are of immense size, and must have been hewn and polished at the expense of very great labour. The form of the Cathedral is that of a cross, the length being ab out 160 feet, the breadth 24, and the length of hte transept 70. That of the choir is about 60 feet. The tower is about 60 feet high, and is divided into three stories. This is lighted on one side above by a plain slab perforated by quartre-foils, and on the other by a Catherine wheel or marigold window, with spiral mullions. The tower stands on four cylindrical pillars of Norman design, about ten feet high and three in diameter."

Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of English and Scottish Scenery' by G W Wilson

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