Photo: Attraction at the altar of a medieval British cathedral

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From a height, you can see the carvings on the vaults, but not everyone liked the idea.

Photo Joe Giddens/PA

In the cathedral of British Norwich was installed a fairground slide. Having risen on it, you can better see the vaulted ceiling of the cathedral and the ornaments and scenes from the Bible carved on it.

The attraction was built in 1947 and leased from the Chipperfield Circus until August 18. It consists of about a thousand parts, which took two days to assemble under the arches of the cathedral. In order to climb the hill, visitors need to pay two pounds (about $2.42).

Photo Bill Smith

According to a local priest, an idea came to him during a visit to the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. According to him, the cathedral houses one of the best collections of ceiling carvings in Northern Europe, but the images “are so high that most people will never have a chance to really appreciate them.”

However, the idea also has critics: some British clergymen believe that there is no place for a circus attraction in a cathedral where a person “should be immersed in mystery and wonder, and not be distracted by sensual pleasures.”


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