The Abbey gets a separate post from the rest of Glastonbury simply because it was my favourite part of the entire trip, followed swiftly by the rocky steep climb in Tintagel.
I’m not going to give you all the facts – there’s Wikipedia and Google and my mum for that. The fact is simply that Glastonbury Abbey is the most breathtaking building or architectural structure I’ve ever stood in (or, on) – and I’ve lived in Rome for 4 years, so I know my monuments.
I know in the pictures it just looks like a group of three small churches. The fact is, they were all the same church. Glastonbury Abbey, while now a field with several excessively gothic and impressibly tall buildings, used to be one gothic and tall building. All of these ‘small churches’ were just wings or chapels within the same building – the Abbey.
Another extremely good reason to visit this place, beyond how massive and jawdroppingly awe-inspiring it is, is the fact that King Arthur and Queen Guinevere’s untouched grave is right there on the ground with just a sign. No massive tomb, no security enclosure around it, you just don’t step on it out of respect, really. It sounds absolutely ridiculous but it was very emotional for me to stand there. Whether it’s legend or history, it’s still a big piece of English tradition and international culture.
Trap doors are scattered around the Abbey grounds, hiding what remains of the original detailed tiled floor. You’ll see bits of these in the video once I get to edit it, as I constantly got my (photogenic) dad to open these for me to take pictures. Thanks dad.
Overall this place is a full 10/10, five star location to visit, at least for me. To be standing in a place so full of history and legend, that also leaves you awestruck at its massive size and physical beauty, is an emotional, cultural and spiritual experience. Everything sort of comes into proportion. You feel the weight of the architecture, the history and the culture around you and you feel both small and important. It is a sight that, if you approach it as a person, an individual, and not as a guidebook-following, box-ticking tourist, will definitely make you grow.
Bonus iPhone pictures of me being silly: