INTRODUCTION

In 1986 I toured Britain and became fascinated with British Cathedrals. This fascination has never left me. These days I have come to enjoy photography and also the creation of websites, so a photographic website project on Australian Cathedrals was probably inevitable.

I have tried to capture something of the inspiration and beauty of each Cathedral. The idea is that on the site you might join me in walking around the Cathedral, and then going inside to explore, enjoy, wonder, be inspired ... and even meet with God! Our cathedrals are certainly worth visiting.

A typical entry in this site will have a title page, usually a plan of the layout, then a set of thumbnails, and finally a conclusion page. Instructions for navigating the thumbnail page can be found on each title page – they are all the same, but this is probably an easier place to find them! The instructions are linked to the question mark icon.

There is a tradition for orientating Cathedrals which we shall follow here. I initially rebelled against this (my Baptist upbringing!), but quickly came to realize its usefulness. Apparently early Christians felt it was good to pray towards the rising sun. Therefore they placed the chancel and altar towards the East, and correspondingly the towers and church entry to the West. Correspondingly, the transept had a North face and a South face. This convention for labelling the walls of a Cathedral has continued – all quite independently of the actual orientation of the cathedral. It may seem a little strange, but it means that all Cathedrals can have a common labelling. We shall use these ‘liturgical directions’, using them with capital initial letters. We shall also try to avoid using the word ‘front’, as front seems to have opposite meanings depending on whether it refers to the exterior or interior of a Cathedral.

The layout and most of the photos are mine, but the text is largely the work of others, and acknowledged as such. You are welcome to use any of my photographs, but a link to this site would be appreciated. Photo sets can be found on Flickr at:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulscottinfo/collections/72157632172928727/

I hope this site will encourage many to explore and discover the many secrets of our Cathedrals. Most are worthy of several visits – quite apart from worship. What an inspiration they are!

I would be glad to hear from anyone suggesting a correction or wishing to make a comment on this site. I can be reached at

mail@paulscott.info

Paul Scott

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