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Durham CathedralSource A refers to the changes made in Durhamcathedral since the 12thcentury. There are certain aspects that have remained the same. Thenorth doors remain unchanged although they have replaced the realsanctuary knocker with a replica.

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Although the main structure and architecture of the cathedral have notchanged, particular things have, for example in the source it showspointed towers. As this is an interpretation of an idea of what it mayhave looked like at the time, it isn’t based on any real fact so wedon’t know if the towers were indeed pointed, they may have beencones. But the towers now are not as they were in the 12th century;they are gothic, flat and have battlements. The towers were replacedafter lighting struck the north tower and a fire broke out. Theyreplaced all of the towers so that the north tower wouldn’t look outof place.

The Romanesque window in the east of the north transept has beenreplaced with a large elaborate gothic stained glass window. Theyfound that the pointed arch supported more weight therefore they couldmake it larger and more intricate.

The apse has been replaced by the chapel of the nine altars. The apseoriginally contained three apses, but was replaced in the thirteenthcentaury they had become dangerous and were replaced

The Galilee chapel has been added on to the west of the cathedral. Itis a ladies chapel as women were not allowed to mix with men in thechapel of the nine alters.

In conclusion the sketch of the 12th century cathedral is a goodperception of what it may have looked like then, based on the sketchyfacts provided, although there may be a few things wrong with it, buton the basis it is very accurate.

Source B relates to the theory that Durham cathedral was built bycowboy builders. Although it is true that the pillars in the nave arehollow and filled with builder’s rubble, the doorway to the Galilee

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