Sherborne Abbey, Dorset

We visited here again today. The Abbey was founded in the year 705 AD by Aldhelm, the then Abbot of Malmesbury IMG_2017and is a gloriously Gothic structure which has been added on to over the years. In it’s lifetime it’s been a Saxon Cathedral, a Benedictine Abbey and now is a Parish Church. The Abbey as it is today was mostly the work of an Abbot named Ramsam (1475-1504)

I don’t think you have to be a ‘religious’ person (I’m not) to appreciate such buildings, it’s an amazing feat of architecture that can just be admired as such.

Simon Jenkins, who wrote a book about England’s greatest churches said he would…

pit Sherborne’s roof against any contemporary work of the Italian Renaissance

The vaulted ceiling is incredibly intricate and the stained glass is beautiful…

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This is a view of the main altar and the detail on the stonework

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A further away view of the altar and the unbelievable organ

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