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Bath Abbey

Listed under Churches & Abbeys in Bath, United Kingdom.

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Bath Abbey with its graceful arches, pale stone work and balustrades was first built in 1499 but took its current shape in the 16th Century. Inside it looks more like a small cathedral; its ornate stone pillared roof is about three storeys high and is particularly beautiful. The stained glass is also impressively detailed - like a medieval art work inlaid with gold which glows softly with the help of the sun. I’m not a religious person but this is the kind of beauty and peace that would begin to convert me if I lived in the 16th Century.

One of the best parts of a visit to Bath Abbey for me was the memorials to interred locals that line the walls. Some famous names appear and some of the stories are thoughtful and give a more personal view of lives and achievements than most headstones. It’s quite a touching thing to imagine the friends and family carefully composing words to ensure their loved one is appreciated by someone like me, hundreds of years after their death.

Coming to a place like Bath Abbey is good for the soul of humanity, whether or not you believe in God. It proves our grand and seemingly impossible architectural skill and our desire to be historically important. I hope I’m remembered in such grandeur.

Written by  Kat Mackintosh.

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Absolutely gorgeous Abbey and beautiful architecture. A glorious house of God.

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