Stand in Awe
The Nave, Tewkesbury Abbey
Now lets give this magnificent structure its full ‘Sunday Name’…… it is The Abbey Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Tewkesbury. Founded in the 12th century, but like many of our old religious buildings it is on a site of worship dating back to the 6th century.
Of course it has been repaired and restored regularly since then, after all if you had been standing for nearly 10 centuries, you to would have need of some care and attention!
I have mentioned before that my visits to Church, Abbey or Cathedral is not driven by any religious need or desire. None the less here in Tewkesbury Abbey you can but stand in awe of the Architecture….. its sheer size and drama is stunning but also of the skill, craftsmanship and vision of those who created and toiled to create a structure still to be much admired today.
Indeed it is more noticeable, here than in many of the other major historic religious buildings I have visited, that it has an immediate visual impact as you enter.
Visitors just stand in awe, taking in all that is above, often appearing rooted to the spot. Once totally satisfied they then explore all else that the Abbey has to offer.
(c) David Oakes 2017