WINTAN-CEASTRE : A MEDIEVAL CITY
Winchester is one of the most charming cities I've ever visited. The Great Hall, The Cathedral, its canals etc...
The Cathedral, one of the most visited landmarks of Winchester, was built in the 11th century. It has the longest nave of all Gothic cathedrals in Europe and it's one of the largest as well.
If you visit the cathedral you will have the opportunity to see the largest and finest of all surviving 12th-century English bibles, the 11th century Crypt with Antony Gormley’s mysterious life-size sculpture of a solitary man and William Walker's small statue in his diving suit commemorating him for saving the cathedral from collapse.
THE ROUND TABLE
The artifact known as the "Winchester Round Table," a large tabletop hanging nowadays in Winchester's Great Hall bearing the names of various knights of Arthur's court, was probably created for a Round Table tournament. The current paintwork is late; it was done by order of Henry VIII of England for Holy Roman Emperor Charles V's 1522 state visit, and depicts Henry himself sitting in Arthur's seat above a Tudor rose. The table itself is considerably older; dendrochronology calculates the date of construction to 1250–1280 (during the reign of Edward I) using timber from store felled over a period of years. Edward was an Arthurian enthusiast who attended at least five Round Tables and hosted one himself in 1299, which may have been the occasion for the creation of the Winchester Round Table. Martin Biddle, from an examination of Edward's financial accounts, links it instead with a tournament Edward held near Winchester on April 20, 1290, to mark the betrothal of one of his daughters.
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