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Soaking up the Sun. By Ian Layzell

Visiting the Beautiful City of Bath is not complete without a visit to Bath Abbey.

 

A Weekend mini break of sight seeing and visit to the Thermae Spa provided a catch up with a very close friend and much needed relaxation.

 

An early evening stroll around the beautiful city provided us with a wonderful golden light. Even more appreciated as it hit the Abbey's stone walls transforming it's normal colour into this delghtful gold tone.

 

The Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, more commonly known as Bath Abbey.

 

An Anglican Parish Church and a former Benedictine Monastery.

 

Founded in the 7th Century, Bath Abbey was reorganised in the 10th Century and rebuilt in the 12th and 16th Centuries.

 

Major restoration work was carried out by Sir George Gilbert Scott in the 1860s. The Abbey is one of the largest examples of Perpendicular Gothic architecture in the West Country.

An active place of worship, with hundreds of congregation members and hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, it is used for religious services, secular civic ceremonies, concerts and lectures. The choir performs in the abbey and elsewhere. There is a heritage museum in the vaults.

 

The abbey is a Grade I listed building, particularly noted for its fan vaulting. It contains war memorials for the local population and monuments to several notable people, in the form of wall and floor plaques and commemorative stained glass. The church has two organs and a peal of ten bells. The west front includes sculptures of angels climbing to heaven on two stone ladders.

 

Bath, Somerset, England

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Taken on August 11, 2012