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Scissors

Posted by
grouser (Ludlow, United Kingdom) on 22 June 2011 in Architecture and Portfolio.

These scissor arches are supposedly designed to spread the load more evenly, allowing the masons to build to a greater height on the soft ground that the cathedral is built on. I can't say I'm completely convinced of this, as whatever is going on up there the load still ends up being transferred to the pillars. Anyway the building is stable and, effective or not, they create a beautiful interior space.

NIKON COOLPIX P7000 1/75 second F/2.8 ISO 1600 28 mm (35mm equiv.)

NIKON COOLPIX P7000
1/75 second
F/2.8
ISO 1600
28 mm (35mm equiv.)

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