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Glastonbury Abbey 
8th-Aug-2016 07:58 pm
Deborah - Portrait of Corage
Sorry I didn't post these yesterday, but I was watching M*A*S*H on TV, and as it was the last episode, I ended up watching it without stopping. When it was first shown here it was just after I left college and it really poignant. Spending 4 years together with friends, yet I knew I wouldn't see many of them ever again. It still reminds me of those days studying to be an osteopath and the great people I was with then.

Anyway, I continue with my trip to Glastonbury.

We went to the Abbey. Like many Abbeys in England it was destroyed by Henry VIII. The building remains are beautiful, as are the couple of the smaller buildings that are still fairly undamaged. We managed to miss the rain, and enjoyed the walk. Plenty of excuses to dig out the camera!

In the museum, visitor centre there was a model of what the building would have probably looked like
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This was in the undercroft behind the area of the alter
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This was a model of a 11th century Abbot, who was also Archbishop of Canterbury
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This thorntree was repudeded to have been made when Josph of Arimathea planted his staff
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St Thomas' Chapel.  The painting is that of Mary Magdelene
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The Side wall
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Some of the original tiles of the Abbey
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The Abbot's Kitchen
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Glastonbury Tor is on it's way!
8th-Aug-2016 07:28 pm (UTC)
Beautiful! Why did Henry VIII destroy the Abbey? I still haven't finished posting my Scotland pictures. Guess I should get on that.
15th-Aug-2016 11:14 am (UTC)
When Henry VIII wanted to divorce his first wife, the Pope refused, so he broke away from the Roman Catholic Church and formed his own ... which became the Church of England. A couple of years later, a combination of fear of resurgence of faith and the money the Abbeys contained meant that he ordered them destroyed, and he gained the treasures in them.

I must backtrack and see the ones you have already pested
8th-Aug-2016 08:14 pm (UTC)
What a gorgeous, fascinating place. Thanks for sharing your trip!
15th-Aug-2016 11:15 am (UTC)
Thank you - one of the things I love about LJ, a chance to share my photos, and to look at other peoples trips.
8th-Aug-2016 08:49 pm (UTC)
15th-Aug-2016 11:15 am (UTC)
So true
8th-Aug-2016 09:34 pm (UTC)
It is so sad the way such glorious abbeys were destroyed - imagine if it was still standing. It makes beautiful ruins, but...
15th-Aug-2016 11:16 am (UTC)
So true, although seeing the ruins made me really appreciate the work that I could see.
9th-Aug-2016 12:38 am (UTC)
I love these pictures. Am I weird for often preferring ruins over intact buildings?
15th-Aug-2016 11:17 am (UTC)
There is something very ethereal about ruins, isn't there?
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