Bath Abbey

When almost a year after my departure, I finally managed to go through the photos from the Altes Museum in Berlin, connecting the pictures of the Roman Collection with the photos of ancient ruins in Rome, I realized that I’m missing photos of Roman-era ruins from England. Indeed, the Roman Empire reached there as well. Either the photos did not want to load from the server or they simply are not here. So I copied all the originals from England and discovered that I had never processed some of them.

When we were in England, which was eight years ago, it was almost incessantly raining. Many photos can only remind me of the trip, but they show interesting places in torrents of rain, so they’re not particularly suitable for showing. However, I also found some that were taken indoors in beautiful locations. Below is one of such places – Bath Abbey in English Bath.

Bath is a historic city located in Somerset, England. It is known for its Roman-built baths and natural hot springs. Bath’s history dates back to the Roman period when it was known as Aquae Sulis. The Romans built elaborate baths and a temple complex around the natural hot springs, which were believed to have healing properties. These Roman Baths are one of the city’s most famous attractions and are still partially preserved.

Bath Abbey, formally known as the Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, is an impressive medieval cathedral located in the heart of the city. The history of Bath Abbey can be traced back to the 7th century when it was originally founded as a Benedictine monastery. Over the centuries, the Abbey went through several transformations and expansions, reflecting various architectural styles. The current structure of Bath Abbey predominantly showcases stunning Gothic architecture. The abbey features soaring pointed arches, intricate stone carvings, and large stained glass windows that allow beautiful light to filter into the interior.

The first thing that catches your attention when entering this cathedral is its magnificent ceilings. As far as I can remember, it was the first time I saw this architectural style. These are called rib vaults. Rib vaults consist of a series of ribbed arches that are arranged in regular patterns and intersect with each other. The ribs are made of stone or brick and form the fundamental structure of the vault. The ribs provide support and distribute the load, allowing for the construction of larger and more intricate spaces. Rib vaults occur in various patterns and styles, depending on the era and architectural style. In Bath Abbey, Gothic rib vaults dominate, characterized by intricate networks of ribs in different shapes, such as pointed, lierne, or tierceron ribs. These ribs form elaborate patterns resembling foliage, ivory, or floral motifs. The construction of rib vaults requires precision and stonemasonry skills. The ribs are formed using centering, and the stones or bricks are meticulously fitted together. Building rib vaults requires the involvement of skilled craftsmen and is an example of excellence in medieval architecture.

Another stunning eye-catcher in Bath Abbery are the stained-glass windows. The colorful stained glass panels depict biblical scenes, saints, and other religious motifs, filling the abbey with a kaleidoscope of light and color.

Below are a few more photos from this cathedral. When I took them, I only had a simple camera with a small zoom. I think that if I were to capture the interior today, after a few overall shots, I would focus more on taking close-ups of individual decorative elements of the cathedral.

Bath Abbey