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Glastonbury Abbey Also known as Chapel of St. Joseph of Arimathea

 

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  • Model of Glastonbury Abbey

Other Information

  • Glastonbury Abbey was built on the site of what was the oldest above ground church in the world established by St. Joseph of Arimathea in a.d 63.
  • St Patrick visited in 443 a.d and was reportedly buried there.
  • The first stone church was built on site in 712 by King Ine of Essex and gradually expanded until it becomes the resting place of Kings of England including King Edmund.
  • The Saxon church was expanded until 1077 when the first Norman Abbot, Thurstan, demolished the existing church for a newer Norman building. Abbot Thurstin was soon dismissed after his soldiers killed monks at the High Altar.
  • Thurstins Abbey is soon knocked down for an even grander building that is built between 1100 and 1118.
  • Fire destroys the Abbey and it is entirely rebuilt between 1184 and 1186. At the height of the church it was 130 metres long.
  • Glastonbury Abbey is the mythical birthplace of King Arthur whos bones were dug up in 1191 and kept as relics until lost in the reformation. King Edward the first attended the 14th century reburial ceremony at Westminster Abbey in person.
  • Legend also ties the Holy Grail in with Glastonbury Abbey although there is no historical evidence
  • 1539 sees the Dissolution of the Abbey, the richest in the land after Westminster Abbey and it is sacked and left as a ruin. Some relics such as the clock are saved and moved to Wells Cathedral but most including Arthur's bones are lost in the fighting. Abbot Whiting is hung on the top of Glastonbury Tor.
  • The ruins are purchased in 1909 and protection begins.

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Reference Data

Reference No.
2936
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
23-04-2008
 

Building Location

Council
Somerset
County
Somerset
Region
South West
Country
United Kingdom

Building Specification

Status
Ruined
Construction start date
1184
Completion date
1186
Demolition Date
1535
Style
Gothic

Roof Height (AGL)
63.00

Market Data

Primary Use
Place of Worship


Last Sale Value
£30,000.00
Sale Date
1909

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