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Lady Chapel

The term “Lady Chapel” typically refers to a chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, in Christian religious architecture. Lady Chapels are often found within larger churces or cathedrals and are spaces dedicated to the veneration of the Virgin Mary. The precise location within a religious complex can vary but is often in a prominent position, such as behind the high altar.

The Lady Chapel is part of the historic Glastonbury Abbey, located in the town of Glastonbury in Somerset, England. Glastonbury Abbey is one of the most famous and historically significant religious sites in England, with a history dating back over a thousand years. The Lady Chapel is a notable architectural and religious feature within the abbey grounds.

Legends says Joseph of Arimathea built a church by the site now called Lady Chapel. South of Lady Chapel the monks at Glastonbury claimed to have uncovered the bodies of both Arthur and Guenevere in 1191. [More]

Lady Chapel History

The Lady Chapel, also known as the Chapel of St. Mary, is a medieval chapel located within the Glastonbury Abbey complex. The abbey itself is traditionally believed to have been founded in the seventh century, making it one of the earliest Christian monastic sites in England. The Lady Chapel was constructed in the twelfth century, and it was dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

The Lady Chapel is an excellent example of medievl Gothic architecture. It features pointed arches, ribbed vaults, and intricate stone carvings that were characteristic of the architectural style of the time.

Like many monastic institutions in England, Glastonbury Abbey was dissolved during the English Reformation in the sixteenth century under the rule of King Henry VIII. The abbey’s buildings fell into disrepair and was partially dismantled. The Lady Chapel, like much of the abbey, suffered damage during this period. In the centuries that followed, efforts were made to restore and preserve the abbey’s ruins, including the Lady Chapel.

See also
King Arthur and Guenevere’s Grave | The Legend of King Arthur