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Bath Abbey is both a functioning church and a major tourist attraction. I enjoyed an hour or so of photographing it.
From the tour we took on the first day, I learned that Bishop Oliver King was responsible for restoring the church after 1500. He left his name, in a way on the front.
One of the unique aspects of Bath Abbey is the ladder on each side of the doors. The story is that these are a manifestation of a dream that Bishop Oliver King had, where angels ascended and descended to fetch souls to heaven.
Before the present-day Bath Abbey was built, a Norman Cathedral stood on the same site. According to a sign, the Norman Cathedral would have been much larger (and Bath Abbey seemed big to me!) and surrounded by monastic buildings and gardens, a palace for the Bishop, and burial grounds.
The ceiling in Bath Abbey was particularly beautiful.
Later, I took a tour to the top of the bell tower — I’ll post photos from that next week.
What do you think of Bath Abbey? I put up more photos on my Flickr photostream.