Bath Abbey’s interiors are decorated with amazing stone lace Fan Ceilings, created in the early 16th century. Such a ceiling design is an exclusive English characteristic. The architecture of the Abbey is also impressive thanks to 52 windows, that occupy 80 per cent of the wall surface, giving the interior decor an otherworldly impression of lightness. The abbey, today a parish church, is located on the site of a pagan temple, which was subsequently replaced by the Benedictine Monastery of Black Monks in the 7th century and finally dissolved in 1539 during the Dissolution of the Monasteries. There is nowhere else quite like Bath Abbey. Magnificent stained-glass windows, columns of honey-gold stone and some of the finest fan vaulting in the world, create an extraordinary experience of light and space. But there is more to it than that. There has been a place of Christian worship on this site for over 1,200 years and the Abbey remains a living church with services taking place throughout the entire week. Come and experience the special atmosphere and rich history of this holy and uplifting place.
The first sight most visitors have of Bath Abbey is the West front’s unique ladders of Angels, which was inspired by Bishop of Bath, Oliver King’s dream of ascending and descending angels.