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Bath Abbey

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abbey look up

I decided to be a tourist myself in Bath recently, rather than just dashing into town, doing my shopping and escaping quickly before the street are full of visitors, which is my normal mode!

west door

I spent a fascinating visit to Bath Abbey absorbing the atmosphere and just realising how lucky I am to live near such a beautiful building.  The fan roof is especially stunning, and certainly got me looking up!

fan roof

fan roof 1

 

The roof was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott who carried out a number of repairs to the Abbey in the Victorian era and was to replace the crumbling plaster and lathe ceiling that existed prior to this.

 

lightSir George Gilbert Scott also commissioned a famous metalworker from Coventry, Francis Skidmore, to make the large beautiful gas chandeliers which still hang in the Abbey today. These were converted to electricity in 1979.

 

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angels2

 

One of the more recent additions to the Abbey are the acoustic quire screens. These screens are beautifully decorated with a frieze of twelve carved angels playing musical instruments and looking jauntily down on you.

 

main altar

 

The main altar is currently displaying the Trinity Altar Frontal which depicts the springs of living water from the Book of Revelation.

rememberance

 

The moving Gethsemane Chapel includes a book of remembrance and the frontal altar is dedicated to the use of Amnesty International.  It is designed to suggest peace beyond suffering, life beyond death, with barbed wire representing the restrictions and barriers of this world and thorns as are our personal problems. If we can break through these obstacles we find our own Garden of Gethsemane where we can leave the past behind and find peace and God.

edgar stained glass

The stained glass window above shows the coronation of the first King of all England, King Edgar who was crowned on this site in 973.

There is much more to see and learn about this fascinating building, I guess I need to male further visits!

 

 

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