Glastonbury Abbey

We drove to Glastonbury Abbey across the marshes to admire its late Romanesque portal showing the Life of Mary, beginning with the Annunciation, through the Visitation, with a bestiary in the outer voussoir.   It was constructed after a fire in 1184, overseen by Henry II’s chamberlain, Ralph Fitzstephen ‘building it of squared stones of the most beautiful workmanship’ (Adam of Domerham):-

The nave and surviving aisles of the original abbey church are to the east:-


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