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World's Coolest Ceilings

King's College Chapel, England

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King’s College Chapel, England

While the entire Cambridge chapel took more than a century to build, the nearly 2,000-ton stone fan vault ceiling was polished off in three years, finished by 1515. The ceiling is uniquely English; the first example of this Gothic ceiling style showed up in the 1350s in Gloucester Cathedral. And it was only in the 150 years following that it became technologically possible to create a ceiling with the size and grandeur of that at King’s College Chapel. The 289-foot-long and 40-foot-wide ceiling is the largest of its type in the world, and it has been called “the noblest stone ceiling in existence.”


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