City of Wells

The historic City of Wells is a medieval city with its history going back to Roman times when there was a settlement, probably because of the springs that bubble up here. Wells gets its name from these springs which can today be found in the gardens of the Bishop’s Palace.

Wells is the smallest city in England with about 12,000 inhabitants. It can call itself a city because of the famous 13th century Cathedral.

Wells, England

Inside the Chapel

Duke University Chapel, like many Christian churches and cathedrals, is cruciform, with a nave that measures 291 feet long, 63 feet wide, and 73 feet high. The walls and vaults of the nave and transepts are constructed from Guastavino tile and were sealed in 1976 to increase sound reverberation and enhance the sound of the organ.

Majestic Chapel

Altar at Duke Chapel

New Mexico – Santa Fe – Basilica of St Francis

Arguably Santa Fe’s most photographed building, this ornate Romanesque cathedral stands in grandiose contrast to much of the city’s traditional Pueblo Revival architecture. The elaborate structure was commissioned in 1869 by Archbishop Jean Baptiste Lamy—the founder of the Franciscan order immortalized in Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop. We were there on Good Friday and could not go inside as the cathedral was preparing for mass.

New Mexico - Santa Fe - Basilica of St Francis

New Mexico – Santa Fe – Basilica of St Francis

 

Cusco Qorikancha

Cusco Qorikancha

Cusco Qorikancha

Qorikancha was the most important temple in the Inca Empire, dedicated primarily to Inti, the Sun God. It was one of the most revered temples of the capital city of Cusco. The Spanish colonists built the Church of Santo Domingo on the site, demolishing the temple and using its foundations for the cathedral.