Friday, December 14, 2018

Glastonbury Abbey

Another tourist moment, this time the ruined Abbey of Glastonbury.  At one time this great Gothic Cathedral was the primary pilgrimage point of England, a powerful and magnificent church with a population of many monks and pilgrims.  Supposedly the bodies of King Arthur and his Queen Guinevere were buried here, within the church.  Henry the 8th (who, I have to say, looked a lot like Donald Trump)  put an end to that when he defied the Catholic Church, and the Abbott of Glastonbury unfortunately then defied him.  The Abbott's defiance resulted in his death by hanging in the Tor, and the Cathedral was gradually torn down, many of the stones, carvings, and beautiful stained glass windows dismantled and sold off.  

Even so, the great Abbey is still a magnificent and imposing sight, beautiful, peaceful, and just a bit full of the presence of those worshippers who travelled so far and so long ago.

Reconstruction of monk's kitchen

Reconstruction of monk's kitchen

Vegetable garden


Unknown said...

I appreciate the photo of this place I've never seen. Thank you Lauren. (Luigi)

kathyk said...

Gorgeous photos of a place that looks very magical. Thank you, Lauren!