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Glastonbury Abbey

Glastonbury Abbey, lying in the heart of Glastonbury was once one of the greatest abbeys in the country.

The ruins of this abbey are on a grand scale and the grounds surrounding them provide a peaceful retreat from the hectic outside world. This is also the possible burial place of the legendary King Arthur. It is believed that the first church was erected on this site by the Saxons in the 7th century. Many further additions were added from the 10th to the 15th centuries until the reign of Henry VIII in the 16th century when virtually all monasteries, friaries and nunneries were destroyed in what was termed the Dissolution of the Monasteries. There is an excellent museum that charts the changing times of this site. Most images © Glastonbury Abbey.

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  • Glastonbury Abbey
  • Glastonbury Abbey with Spring time snows.
  • Glastonbury Abbey
  • Some of the remaining arches of the Abbey.
  • Glastonbury Abbey
  • The Abbots Kitchen at Glastonbury Abbey.
  • The small but very informative Glastonbury Abbey Museum.
  • Talks are given in the kitchen to inform visitors of how this building worked, who would have eaten here and what foods were eaten in medieval times.
  • Glastonbury Abbey in late afternoon winter sun.
  • The decorative doorway at Glastonbury Abbey.
  • A Tudor Dancing day in the Glastonbury Abbey grounds.
  • Glastonbury Abbey in a hazy winter sunshine.
  • Glastonbury Abbey with Kitchen from St. John's Church tower. Image  Palden Jenkins

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