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Tewkesbury Abbey - Vaulted Ceiling

Detail of the vaulted ceiling in one of of the side chapel`s inTewkesbury Abbey (offically the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Tewkesbury)

The Abbey is a large and magnificent parish church in a small market town just 10 miles north of Gloucester., England.


Built in the early 1100s, the abbey church boasts the largest Norman tower in the world and the largest exterior arch in Britain. Its interior is a breathtaking combination of stout Norman pillars and round arches with Decorated Gothic lierne vaulting and gilded bosses.


Surrounding the chancel are a number of high-quality monuments and chantry chapels to some of Tewkesbury's greatest patrons, including the Fitzhamons, De Clares, Despensers, Beauchamps, Warwicks and Nevilles. Many of them include their own elaborately vaulted ceilings, reflecting the Abbey in miniature.


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Taken on September 20, 2010