London, Wells and Prague, 2006

 

In the fall of 2006 Carol and Ron visited the cities of London and Wells, and then skipped over to Prague for a few days.

 

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London - Tower of London - White Tower. The focus of London. The original stark, square fortress built by William the Conqueror in 1078.

 

 

 

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London - Tower of London. The beautiful Chapel of St. John that is in the White Tower.

 

 

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London - Globe Theatre - Gate. The original Globe Theatre was built in 1599. This wonderful reproduction was built in 1997. Shakespeare would have been pleased.

 

 

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London - Globe Theatre (inside). At the base of the stage, there is an area called the "yard," where people (the "groundlings") stand to watch the performance. (No roof for the groundlings.) Around the yard are three levels of seating.

 

 

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London - Tower Bridge. Opened on June 30, 1894. Beautiful Victorian drawbridge over the River Thames. Carol and Ron spent their last night in London on the banks of the Thames. This picture was part of the evening. Wonderful!

 

 

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City of Wells - Cathedral (at sunset). The nave and transept are masterpieces of the Early English style of architecture. It was largely complete at the time of its dedication in 1239. (Wells is about 100 miles or 160 km ESE of London.)

 

 

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City of Wells - Cathedral. Exterior Detail. Considered the finest collection of statuary in Europe, containing 356 individual figures.

 

 

City of Wells - Cathedral. In the 14th century the famous "scissor arches" were inserted to stabilize the crossing piers. Note that Carol is the only one in the picture.

 

 

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City of Wells - Cathedral. Tomb of Bishop Bekynton (d.1465). Interesting in that is shows the Bishop as in life, and in death.

 

 

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City of Wells - Cathedral - Cloister Restaurant. This Cloister (covered walkway) was converted to a café. Note the statues on the wall. These are for people buried at the cathedral!

 

 

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City of Bath - Putney Bridge. A Palladian-style bridge and the weir. This shop bridge is one of only three in Europe.

The City of Bath is near City of Wells. Bath is one of Ron's most favorite places, so they spent a day there, but did not do the Roman Baths again.

 

 

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City of Bath (England) - Pulteney Bridge (behind). Ron and Carol in a small tour boat that takes you right up to the apex in the weir (low dam.) 51°22′59″N 2°21′28″W

 

 

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Prague, Czech Republic - Charles Bridge. (Czech: Karluv most) is a famous historical bridge that crosses the Vltava river. Its construction started in 1357 by King Charles IV, and finished about 50 years later. (The bridge and the Historic Center of Prague are World Heritage sites.)

 

 

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Prague, Czech Republic - Týn Church (Czech: Týnský chrám) is a dominant feature of the Old Town of Prague and has been the main church of this part of the city since the 14th century.

In front is a statue of Jan Hus, the Bohemian religious reformer who instigated the Protestant Reformation in the 15th century.

 

 

Karlštejn, Czech Republic - Castle. Located about 20 km southwest of Prague in the Karlštejn village. An old site, the present look from a reconstruction in the 1890s.

 

 

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Kutna Hora, Czech Republic - Santa Barbara Church. Kunta Hora is a city in Central Bohemia and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Construction on Santa Barbara Church (not Cathedral) began in 1388. Carol and Ron were blown away by the church's medieval frescoes depicting the secular life of the city. (The church and old town are World Heritage sites.)

 

 

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Sedlec (Kutna Hora), Czech Republic - Ossuary. World known for the Ossuary (Bone Church). Built in the 1400s, it was not until 1870 that someone decided to use the human bones as decorations. (Only a small part shown.)

 

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