The arches of the Galilee Chapel at Durham Cathedral.
 
 

Durham Cathedral Sanctuary Knocker

The sanctuary knocker fits in within the Romanesque tradition (see previous image), but has a strangely eastern feel to it. It had great political significance: In medieval times, persecuted individuals who required a place of refuge could bang on the knocker and would be given sanctuary in the Cathedral for 37 days.

The sanctuary knocker fits in within the Romanesque tradition (see previous and next images), but has a strangely eastern feel to it. It had great political significance: In medieval times, persecuted individuals who required a place of refuge could bang on the knocker and would be given sanctuary in the Cathedral for 37 days.