Monday, 12 September 2011

A Night at the Abbey

A Night at Glastonbury Abbey
Friday 9th September 2011

A very special evening at Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset on Friday evening. For the second year running the Abbey put on a special evening of music together with the ruins of the stunningly beautiful Glastonbury Abbey lit up. The Abbey is normally closed of an evening so a special chance to enjoy some delightful music and the Abbey under lights.

Please enjoy some of the best shots of the Abbey here as the sun went down and then by magic after a dull day the full moon appeared.

It is recorded the Abbey was standing back in the year 600 and was destroyed by fire in 1184 and then re-built.

These ruins dated from 1184 through to 1539 when the Abbey was seized under orders of King Henry V111 during the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

Demolished gradually and the stone used for building stone. Legend has it that the remains of King Arthur and his Queen Guinevere were found by the Monks and re-buried in the Chancel. Also in the grounds stands the Glastonbury Holy Thorn Tree, which flowers twice a year. Legend has it that Joseph of Arimathea plunged his staff into the ground and then it burst into leaf.

Above, the full Moon as seen through one of the ruins arch windows.
        The Grounds cover 36 acres and from it's own Orchards produce some award winning Cider.                          

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