lotus49 wrote:I am a big fan of churches and I know Wells, Canterbury and Lincoln Cathedrals well having visited all three of them several times. They are all very fine buildings but I much prefer York Minster. The BBC ran a survey a few months ago to establish England's favourite building. Sadly Durham Cathedral beat York Minster into second place but none of your cathedrals made the short list (beautiful as they all are).
Lincoln is perhaps my favourite in England. York is amazing but the lack of a proper stone vault in the nave has always slightly spoiled it for me (it has a wooden ceiling, decorated to make it look like a stone vault) . The whole point of gothic is the problem of how to support a heavy stone vault while also allowing the window spaces to be as large as possible (while at the same time being completely insane and believing that sacred geometric ratios will keep the roof up).