Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset, England

Archway detail, Lady Chapel

This evening, I am posting information on Glastonbury Abbey in S.W. England.

There is a rich tradition of legends surrounding the history of Glastonbury Abbey pointing to the site as one of the earliest Christian churches in western Europe.In the 12th century Glastonbury was closely connected with European court culture whilst in the 13th century is featured in an early map of the world. The monastery accrued huge wealth during the late Saxon and medieval periods.

Monastic life at Glastonbury came to an end in 1535 when it was dissolved by King Henry VIII. Subsequently, the site experienced various changes of ownership and use. Today, the site is in the care of an independent charitable trust which preserves the site for public benefit.

View from High Altar. The Crossing Lady Chapel. Lady Chapel Inside St Patrick's Chapel.

The city of Bath is about 27 miles to the N.E. whilst Glastonbury Tor is nearby.


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