Friday, August 14, 2015
Prior to our vacation, David watched several TV programs devoted to England. After learning about the history surrounding the hippie town of Glastonbury, and discovering that it was within our travel route, it was quickly added to the itinerary. Glastonbury grew up around the monastery. The abbey was founded in the 7th century and destroyed by a fire in 1184. It was later rebuilt and by the 14th century was one of the most powerful monasteries in England. In 1539, King Henry VIII ordered the final destruction of the abbey during the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Only ruins remain of this magnificent structure, and as impressive as the ruins are, one can only imagine the grandeur of this abbey.