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Bath Abbey (Bath, United Kingdom)

The history of Bath Abbey is similar to many other abbey churches in England. An Anglo-Saxon church is replaced by a much larger Norman structure which is later ravaged during the Dissolution of the Monasteries. In the case of Bath, the Norman church replacing the Benedictine foundation was very large, comparable in size with Durham, but by the beginning of the 16th century it was in disrepair. Work began on a smaller church, the size of the previous nave, and that was completed just in time to surrender it to the Crown in 1539, during the Dissolution. Elizabeth I was instrumental in having it restored and that rebuilding was completed in 1611. Bath Abbey is therefore the last of the great English gothic churches to be built, and is a fine example of late gothic style. The interior layout is unusual, however, with its low aisles and tall clerestories, the reverse of the traditional perpendicular style. The church is an active parish church in the Church of England. Details of services are on the website, which also has details of opening times and disabled access. As well as the church itself there is a museum, and separate visits are offered for the tower.

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