The Moon at Bristol Cathedral

Luke Jerram’s Moon is currently touring and being displayed all around the world and from the 11th August – 30th August, it was at Bristol Cathedral. My sister and I were lucky enough to see it and it was incredible.

The sculpture is a scale model photo-real balloon which is lit from the inside. Surrounded by blue lighting, this impressive piece hangs from the Cathedral’s ceiling showing off a mesmerising 360 degree view. It measures seven meters in diameter which is 500,000x smaller than the actual moon.

I’ve only been in Bristol Cathedral a couple of times and each time only in the main hall. With things now returning to normality, the Cathedral is now open to the public again. I was amazed at how large the Cathedral is and how much there is to see. Rich with history with stunning architecture it’s a must see for anyone visiting Bristol.

If you want to check out the Cathedral for yourself you, can do it without even having to get up, just click here for a virtual tour.

Bristol Cathedral was founded in 1140 and consecrated in 1148. Originally it was St. Augustines Abbey however after the dissolution of the monasteries it became the Bristol Cathedral in 1542.

This is no disrespect to St John Newton… But I would be so upset if my chin was carved like this, even if it was accurate!

St John Newton was known for (no not his double chin) being an abolitionist for the slave trade. However, prior to this he was a captain of slave ships and traded slaves for several years. At one point he was captured and made a slave himself to Princess Peye. After his rescue he continued to trade up until his conversion to Christianity. He is also best known for having wrote Amazing Grace and Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken.

The doors in the Bristol Cathedral are so small! For height reference I’m 5ft 2 and my head almost touches the door frame. In the second photo to door actually opened hence the facial expression. Inside it was just cleaning supplies and a few Christmas decorations. Yes I know, how nosey but you would look too!

Every stone archway and column has been carved in the Cathedral. It’s fascinating how much detail has been made, it really makes you appreciate how many hours of work went into creating this beautiful piece of history.

Of course if I’m talking about detail the stained glass has to mentioned. I was surprised to see something a little different to the Christianity scenes which are usually depicted. These panels are to honour and thank the British services. It was quite refreshing to see a piece of history so recent and somewhat relatable.

The Cathedral also has a beautiful garden and cafe which is worth stopping by for a coffee. However for us the que was too long and the crowd was getting too big. So we ventured over to Stokes Croft to The Crafty Egg for some delicious eggy bread and coffee. Our favourite spot and favourite meal.

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  1. Thanks for that wonderful virtual tour. I hope to cross the pond again, someday, once all this craziness has settled down. I love reading your blog…makes me feel like I’m there, when I can’t be.

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  2. What an interesting art object. The cathedral is beautiful. It’s great you were able to tour it. Hope your jobs are more tolerable now and your bike up and running!

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  3. Emily,

    That moon is something else. It looks like it’s still a church in progress if they keep adding details to it. Thanks, Gary

    On Sat, Sep 4, 2021 at 5:20 AM The Blog of Travel wrote:

    > Emily posted: ” Luke Jerram’s Moon is currently touring and being > displayed all around the world and from the 11th August – 30th August, it > was at Bristol Cathedral. My sister and I were lucky enough to see it and > it was incredible. The sculpture is a scale ” >

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  4. Your blog title was the perfect tease. I was expecting night sky photography with the cathedral in the foreground, so imagine my surprise to see the moon poised just above the altar! Thought you’d done a little work with Photoshop there. Thanks for the tour. Looks like a must-see for anyone visiting Bristol.

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