Castles and Cathedrals: 100 Amazing Views

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9780007122301: Castles and Cathedrals: 100 Amazing Views

CASTLES & CATHEDRALS is a compilation of 100 vertical aerial photographs of Britain's most noteworthy religious and military edifices, taken from the Millennium Map.

Tintagel Castle, legendary seat of King Arthur; Castle Drogo, a 20th century castle built by Lutyens; Alnwick Castle, the Duke of Northumberland's fortress against the Scots; Harlech Castle, whose resistance under siege inspired the song 'Men of Harlech'; Glamis Castle, birthplace of the Queen Mother; Durham Castle and Cathedral, sited on a spectacular bend in the River Wear; Ely Cathedral, soaring from the Fens; and St Paul's Cathedral, with its unmistakable dome… CASTLES & CATHEDRALS brings a surprising new angle to places such as these, and many more.

ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM MAP
Still being created, the Millennium Map is a fascinating venture. Inspired by the Domesday Book, Tristram Cary and Joe Studholme of Getmapping.com commissioned four specially equipped aircraft to fly the length and breadth of the country in strips – rather like a lawnmower – each one carrying state-of-the-art camera equipment valued at £250,000. These planes are systematically taking vertical photographs of the whole of the United Kingdom from an average height of 5,500 feet, recording every object right down to a minimum size of 25cm.

So far over 30km of nine-inch-wide film has been taken. After processing, each photograph is scanned at high resolution, subsequently undergoing a process known as geo-correction, which removes distortions caused by the tilt of the aircraft and the contours of the ground; the individual files are then colour-balanced and spliced together to form a single map-accurate 'mosaic' of the entire country.

In what must be the ultimate endorsement of its national significance, Her Majesty the Queen is a private investor in The Millennium Map; and when completed, the map will provide a snapshot of life in the year 2000 as historically important as William the Conqueror's survey of 1086.

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Tintagel Castle, legendary seat of King Arthur; Castle Drogo, a 20th century castle built by Lutyens; Alnwick Castle, the Duke of Northumberland's fortress against the Scots; Harlech Castle, whose resistance under siege inspired the song 'Men of Harlech'; Glamis Castle, birthplace of the Queen Mother; Durham Castle and Cathedral, sited on a spectacular bend in the River Wear; Ely Cathedral, soaring from the Fens; and St Paul's Cathedral, with its unmistakable dome… CASTLES & CATHEDRALS brings a surprising new angle to places such as these, and many more.

About the Author:

Getmapping.com plc was established in 1998 specifically to produce the first ever complete, full-colour, digital, photographic map of the UK. The Millennium Map, as it is known, has revolutionised the market by making high-quality aerial photography widely available to both the professional user and the general public, primarily through its website, www.getmapping.com.

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