You emerge from the stair tower or lift onto a walkway behind a stone parapet which threads through narrow arches under the giant stone buttresses. This is the shady side of the building and the ranks of slender pinacles are silhouetted against the bright sky above. At the end of the walkway a steep stair leads up the angle of a buttress and disappears into another tower.  A further short climb and you step out onto the ridge of the cathedral roof.

The roof is solid marble, roughened by the weather, so you can walk comfortably up and down the slope, once you’ve got used to the angle.  Yesterday the distant views were hazy but the views of the cathedral itself from a pigeon’s  perspective were unforgettable.

 

 

I tried to slim this collection down to six images but the rejects kept slipping back in.

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