Archived post

This is an archived post. Please click here to see the latest entries.

« The MVP Does Rugby | Home | Jim Kim Master Media Manipulator »

Golden Sunny Southwark

The Shard and Southwark Cathedral.jpgLondon’s neo-Gothic Southwark Cathedral (also known to its close friends as The Cathedral and Collegiate Church of Saint Saviour and Saint Mary Overie) is a hodgepodge of renovations and additions dating back to the 1200’s. It was the first Gothic church in London. Southwark’s age is all the more striking given its position athwart the London Shard, which, with the Gherkin, ranks as the boldest among London’s innovative pieces of architecture. During an otherwise bleak, rainy January day in London this week, rays of golden yellow sunshine streamed through Southwark’s clerestory windows — enough to warm the heart of even stern non-believers:

Southwark Cathedral.jpg

The Gothic church was meant as a facsimile of heaven.

Addendum: A man of the cloth writes in (eloquently):

Enjoyed your post today about Southwark Cathedral. Beautiful photos and compelling copy. A couple of further thoughts:

Cathedrals are designed to cause a person to look up. That is the physical manifestation of an internal disposition of worship: We look up.

The aesthetic feast and over-the-top opulence cathedrals display can strike well-meaning people as excessive. After all, the resources and efforts showered on such spaces could have been used in more practical ways to help people in need. Yet there is an egalitarian aspect to these sacred meeting places. Cathedrals were “the palaces of the poor” — a glimpse of abundance and heaven itself for those whose daily lives were hard and spare. Here, in the architecture, music and aromas, the transcendent drew near to our senses so that one could become enveloped in goodness, beauty and truth. And, like heaven itself, all who entered these cathedrals did so on equal footing, for earthly positions, pretensions and portfolios melt away in God’s overwhelming presence.


Featured posts

  • August 14, 2013
    Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
    History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
  • June 25, 2013
    Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
    Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
  • October 18, 2009
    When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
    We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
  • October 9, 2009
    D Afraid of a Little Competish
    So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
  • September 4, 2009
    How Regents Should Reign
    As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
  • August 29, 2009
    Election Reform Study Committee
    If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…

Dartblog Specials

Subscribe by Email

Enter your email address:

Help, Pecuniarily

Please note

This website reflects the personal opinions of its authors. Any e-mails received may be published along with the full name of the sender. If you wish otherwise, please say so.

All content appearing at should be presumed copyright 2004-2018 its respective bylined author unless otherwise noted or unless linked to original source.




May 2018
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31