Glastonbury Abbey, St Marys Chapel, Glastonbury, Somerset

Glastonbury Abbey, St Marys Chapel, Glastonbury, Somerset
Photograph taken 1924 © Historic England Archive ref: CC000814

Glastonbury is by tradition the oldest monastic foundation in England. It is believed to contain the burial place of King Arthur. Little is known of the monastery until 940 when it was refounded as a Benedictine Abbey by St Dunstan. The standing remains belong to the great abbey church rebuilt after a disastrous fire in 1184. The abbey was dissolved in 1539 after the abbot, Richard Whyting and 2 of his monks had been executed on top of Glastonbury Tor for alleged treason. This view shows detail of the north doorway.

Location

Somerset Glastonbury

Period

Medieval (Middle Ages) (1066 - 1484)

Tags

building abbey monastery dissolution religion faith doorway decoration art design medieval (1066 - 1484)