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Warsaw, Masovian, Poland
November 27, 2012
From journal Site Seeing in Bath (Traditional Old English Town)
Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
November 17, 2012
From journal Bath after Bristol
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
May 30, 2011
From journal Road Trip to Devon and Cornwall
by GB from Devizes
Devizes, United Kingdom
March 26, 2006
During the reformation, the abbey suffered greatly at the hands of Henry VIII and fell into a state of abject disrepair. Restorative work began in 1603 to make good the damage suffered. Further work, between 1860 and 1883, included the stone vaulting of the nave. The Abbey has wonderful large, stained-glass windows, characteristic of the Perpendicular style of construction. The entire structure is said to have 365 windows, one for each day of the year.
The beautiful fan vaulting, high up in the roof, was designed and built by William and Robert Vertue, who were also responsible for a similar design within the Henry VII chapel in Westminster Abbey. The exterior is complemented with massive flying buttresses, crocketed pinnacles, and a castellated parapet.
Today, the Abbey has been carefully modified, resulting in a stunning interior which includes many monuments and memorials to residents of the city, as well as local benefactors and philanthropists. It sits within an elegant square, close to the city centre and other dominant buildings such as the Guild Hall and the Pump Room.
Beneath the Abbey are the Heritage Vaults, opened to the public in 1994. Displays and exhibits here outline the history of the Abbey, and the important part that religion played in the city’s past. Exhibits include Saxon and Norman sculpture, as well as the Abbey silver collection.
Entry to the Abbey is free, although a donation is expected towards the massive upkeep costs. Entrance to the vaults is £3 with a ramp in situ for wheelchair visitors. The vaults are open on Monday-Saturday, 10am–4pm.
The Abbey still plays a central role in the life of the city as one of it's parish churches with regular services, concerts, and recitals held inside. To view it at it's best, visit on a clear, spring day when the stonework will reflect the crisp light, adding a mystical warmth to the building.
by captain kait
Houghton, New York
May 22, 2005
From journal Bath Still Heals the Soul
May 19, 2005
Three churches have occupied the site where Bath Abbey now stands dating all the way back to Anglo-Saxon times. The main entrance faces the courtyard, where the Bath House entrance is located, but I suggest to go the Heritage Vaults entrance first. A 3 pound contribution is politely asked to view this one room dedication to the preservation of church history. Scriptures from Norman and medieval times are on display and a wax figure of a Benedictine Monk in prayer is also on display.
You can enter the main church from the Heritage Vaults. I had to go this way because the church had a program in session and going to the Heritage Vaults was a way to kill time before the Abbey opened for visitors.
The current church has a great pipe organ and alter like you have ever seen. It is clear that the congregation of Bath Abbey are truly dedicated to the future of Bath Abbey. The church underwent restoration in 2000 so, for visitors in 2005, you can experience Bath Abbey in full effect!
There are volunteers willing to give tours and explain the history, but I chose to just walk around and soak it all in. Bath Abbey also has a bookstore where you can find Christian literature, art and jewelry. Tapes and CDs of the Abbey's choir and organ and of other Christian music are also on sale.
I highly suggest Bath Abbey to be one of your stops. It doesn't matter what religion you are because this is history and all history this is for FREE! Don't feel bad about taking pictures because it is allowed, but no tripods.
From journal Taking a BATH
November 29, 2003
From journal Take a Dip in Bath, England
Riverview, New Brunswick
August 7, 2003
From journal Travels in Wessex, England
June 23, 2002
Today the Abbey is a place of worship and a tourist attraction. When we visited, there was a lovely elderly lady, a volunteer docent, who was obviously proud of the cathedral. She pointed out the maginificent stained glass windows, explaining which ones told the story of the Old Testament. She assured us she would be there to answer any questions and welcomed us to walk around. Photography is allowed, even with flash, as long as there are no services.
From journal Bath Time
Northern Va Suburbs of DC, Virginia
March 27, 2001
From journal "The Roman City of Bath"