I really need to start placing a restriction on how many photos I’m allowed to take everywhere we go. I took so many inside Bath Abbey that I couldn’t include them with my post on Bath Abbey’s architecture, which already had quite a few of its own. Due to my snap-happy attitude in regards to photography, this look inside Bath Abbey will be slanted a little less towards words and a little more towards pictures!
We arrived at Bath Abbey during a midweek worship service, and after paying our £2.50 donation per person, we were asked to sit quietly until the sermon was complete. First of all, I don’t know how anyone gets any worshiping done in this place. There is so much to look at. Ceilings, pillars, stained glass, chandeliers – hello, distractions!
Second, I’ve never been very good at following rules. That blurry photo of the priest giving the sermon was taken covertly with my iPhone after sitting and thinking about all the photos I wanted to take got to be too much. Must. Take. Photos. (I think it’s a disorder.)
After the sermon ended, I began taking photos inside Bath Abbey like my life depended on it. Seriously, I was in the zone. I nearly backed over the priest as he was coming out of his office because I was trying to get a good shot of the stained glass. (Do I need to say two Hail Mary’s for that or just one?)
Joking aside, Bath Abbey could have kept me occupied for hours with all of its gorgeous design elements. One of my favorite things was all of the memorials along the walls. What I didn’t realize at the time was that these memorials were for people who were buried beneath the abbey up until 1840. Creepy. There is actually a bit of an issue coming up about it, because as the bodies inhabiting the space under the floor have been decaying, the floor of the church has become more and more unstable, even opening up in some places. You know what I think about when I hear that the floor of the church is opening up in places? Souls coming up through the gap and hitching a ride home with me to London. Nope, I don’t like this bodies-under-the-floor thing. Not one bit.
If I haven’t scared you off with my stories of hitchhiking souls, you’ll really want to make sure Bath Abbey has a spot on your Bath itinerary. If you’re interested in the history behind Bath Abbey, their official website offers several free audio guides (available here) that you can download to your smartphone and listen to while you’re exploring the abbey. Guided tours of the abbey’s tower are also available for a fee.
Click here for Part One: Architecture Of Bath Abbey
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