One of the unmistakable things that you realize upon entering any of the great cathedrals of England is that there are a lot of dead people in the world. From Westminster to Yorkminster, from Salisbury to Canterbury, and from Wells to Winchester, you encounter amazing architecture, sculpture, and paintings. You also recognize the unambiguous mortality that is our lot. Crypts, funerary statues, grave markers in the floor, and memorial plaques all remind one that amidst the beauty and wonder of the best that humans can create is the fleeting experience that we all will have.
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