A visit to Bath Abbey is a very spiritual time. Entering into the Abbey and gazing up at the vaulted ceiling that soars far over head immediately causes the visitors to appreciate the architecture of the building. Walking through the Abbey, gazing at at the stained glass windows and crypts and memorials that dated back hundreds of years helps the visitors to appreciate what this bio
Ding has meant as a place of worship for over a thousand years.

The intricate detailing of the fan vaulting helps to support the roof high overhead. This creates a space that is light and airy, yet at the same time is a very spiritual place as well.

Built in a gothic style, the Abbey is one of the most significant buildings in Bath, and it’s front facade looms over the square as you enter into the cool interior.

The massive organ sits in the centre of the Northern wall, with stained glass windows on either side.

The area around the alter is simply decorated, allowing the alter itself to stand out, focussing attention on what is occurring there. It is important that this happens, as with so much wonderful architecture and history surrounding the worshippers, it is important that they don’t loose focus on why they are there. Visitors have the opportunity to absorb the splendor and spirituality of the Abbey, although it is helpful for them to remember what the building is and the passage through history that it represents.

One thing that is surprising is that entry is free, although they do ask for a donation. The stewards of the church have not yet succumbed to financial pressures to impose a compulsory entrance fee, although I would imagine that it is likely to happen in the near future if expenses keep increasing.