Bath Abbey was founded as a Benedictine monastery in the 7th century. It was rebuilt in the 12th and 16th centuries, and major renovations were done in the 1860’s. The stone is the typical golden Bath Stone and it is one of the largest examples of Perpendicular Gothic architecture, the latest period of English Gothic architecture.
We’ve been to a lot of churches in the last five months, but this one was one of my favorites (Rosslyn Chapel was my favorite). I tend to be drawn to the outside, whether it’s preferring to just be in nature or architecture that makes me feel like I’m outside when I’m inside, like Frank Lloyd Wright. The high, vaulted ceilings and walls of stained glass windows made you feel like you could be outside.
Queen Elizabeth II visited the church and sat in this spot.
The Abbey is right next to the Roman Baths. I recommend visiting the Abbey right before going to the Roman Baths.
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