In the days of its medieval glory, Bridlington Priory was one of the great monastic houses of England. The church was more than twice as large as what now remains. The Priory today is a glorious survival of that pre Reformation splendour, now shorn of its great choir which housed the shrine of St John of Bridlington, its transepts and its stately central tower over which soared a stone crown.
From the 12th century this has been a place of daily prayer, and an extraordinary building, created for the glory of god.
Our Lady of Burgos (Catedral de Santa María; Catedral de Burgos) is a Gothic cathedral situated in northern Spain. Although it is predominantly Gothic, this UNESCO World Heritage site also displays other artistic styles, given that it was built over a period lasting from the 13th century to the 16th century. The building is home to a unique collection of works of art, including paintings, choir stalls, sculptures, tombs and stained-glass windows and is an extraordinary summary of European Gothic style.
When stepping up to Canongate Kirk you may be excused for not quite knowing what the building is. The front is unusual with its flat facade, heavy Doric porch and strange Dutch style gable, topped by a set of real antlers.
You can't come to Canterbury without visiting the world famous cathedral, site of the shrine of Thomas Becket and the seat of the Archbishop. The spectacular building houses many stunning features, including a Romanesque crypt, a perpendicular nave and beautiful medieval stained glass windows. It is the Mother Church of the worldwide Anglican Communion and seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
One of Belfast's most striking buildings, Carlisle Memorial Methodist Church has served as a gateway to North Belfast since 1875. Designed by native son, WH Lynn, it took just three years to complete. Built in a High Victorian neo Gothic style as a memorial to the children of local builder James Carlisle, it is being brought back into use by the Belfast Buildings Trust through a long term programme of regeneration.
Cartmel has been described as 'the medieval jewel among Lancashire churches.' It makes a lasting impression on the visitor, overshadowing the village as it does and giving an idea of the way early priories must have dominated their surroundings. It was founded as a priory for Augustinian canons in around 1189 and also served as a parish church, which saved it from outright destruction during the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 1530s.
The Cathedral of St John the Baptist is a fine example of the great Victorian Gothic Revival.
Striking in its symmetry with its central round headed doorway flanked by matching round headed windows, Cautley Wesleyan chapel is a good example of its type and date.
The Chapel of Cosnay is nestled in the town of Lakes in central France. Referenced for the first time in 1155, it was part of a priory. Sold in 1793 as a national asset, it served as a dwelling before being left without maintenance. This Romanesque building is composed of a nave extended by a choir with a semi-circular chevet.