It took us only an hour and a half to complete the exploration of the Warwick Castle and after that we came out into the town. I was specifically interested in the town because it is home to the Warwick University, one of the top-most universities in the UK. I would like to pause here and brag that I had been accepted at the University but their letter arrived too late for me to be able to get a visa on time. Ahem! But I'm happy to have studied at the Newcastle University though the teaching staff here could try to be a little more helpful to students.
The first building we saw here was Collegiate Church of St. Mary and we took a customary round of the Churchyard. Some of the graves were really old. The building itself is mostly Gothic with the Crypt being the only surviving Norman part of the building. We'll look at the crypt in a while.
The high arches are typical to Gothic Architecture. Ever since I came to the UK, I have started being aware of various types of architecture and am genuinely getting interested in understanding what sets each apart.
This is the Church Organ on the wall straight up. There is just once when I have heard such an organ play live and that was in a Church in Newcastle just before Christmas 2010
Stained-glass windows can be found in almost all Churches in the UK. Many a times, these windows tell haunting biblical stories. They cast colourful shadows inside the churches rendering the environment mystical and surreal.
And now the crypt. Crypts are hidden chambers beneath the floor of a burial vault in a church. And as I mentioned, the Crypt is the only Norman part left in the Church. Crypts have a typical Dungeon-like smell that makes me very uncomfortable.
The ceilings are typically vaulted and there are graves everywhere on the floor. At times you cannot avoid walking on them. People do that all the time. But it makes me distinctly uncomfortable.
Up in the main church, a double grave of a couple. I was intrigued by the complexity of designs of some of the graves. You would need to be extremely rich and/or influential to get such an impressive vault.
I would like to think that the church is an oak-frame building with high ceilings so typical of Gothic architecture or some such thing. But the truth is that I'm not really sure.
Some miniature chairs in the church. Compare them with the actual chair placed at the back to get an idea of the scale.
Another grave and this time of a man with his pet dog. These sights are so sobering. The finiteness of life is re-inforced again and again.