a ruin after being sold and nearly dismantled in the
aftermath of the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539.
But even in tatters, its remaining "bones" retain enough
of their former majesty to take one's breath away.
The one remaining wall of the Nave is at the right.
The people are standing in the entrance to the Choir.
Structures that were once parts of an even larger whole.
This was taken from behind the remains of the Lady Chapel.
(Photo made by the author in June 2003)
Here's a marvelous video of the Abbey grounds,
with labels that explain what you're seeing:
After a few moments imagining how much more awesome
these stately structures must've been before being so
unceremoniously taken apart, awe turns to anger
that such splendor was destroyed in order for
a mere mortal to discard one wife and
wed another more to his liking.
Other posts in the Glastonbury Series:
Abbey Tea Rooms (Tuesday Tea Things)
Round Glastonbury (Wordless Wednesday)
Glastonbury Unplugged (Thursday Drive)