Photo: Salisbury Cathedral/Facebook

The Salisbury Cathedral Is Celebrating Its 800th Anniversary With a Spectacular Light Show

England News Art + Architecture
by Eben Diskin Feb 20, 2020

A stately, historic cathedral might not sound like a likely candidate to host an epic light show, but the Salisbury Cathedral in England is not afraid to celebrate in style. In honor of its 800th anniversary, Salisbury Cathedral is putting on a display of light and sound, called Sarum Lights.

Salisbury Cathedral outside

Photo: Salisbury Cathedral/Facebook

According to the website, Sarum Lights “explores the rich history of Salisbury Cathedral and the people who have cared for it for over the past 800 years. This awe-inspiring show combines soundscapes and stunning light projections themed around different aspects of the Cathedral’s story located in different zones, starting at the West Front and continuing throughout the inside of the Cathedral.”

Salisbury Cathedral inside

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To reduce wait times and allow the smoothest viewing experience for visitors, 15-minute time slots have been designated for a limited number of people to access the cathedral. Various parts of the building will be illuminated with different projections, which run on a loop, and to view the whole show should take around an hour.

Salisbury Cathedral

Photo: Salisbury Cathedral/Facebook

Refreshments are available in the Refectory Restaurant until 9:00 PM, and there will also be food trucks nearby. Sarum Lights began on Tuesday, February 18, and will run through the 22nd, each night from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased in advance online for $6.50, or at the door for $10.

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