History Of Bath Abbey
Since 757 AD, the location of Bath Abbey has served as a site for Christian worship, witnessing the presence of three distinct churches over the centuries. Initially, an Anglo-Saxon monastery was erected, where the coronation of King Edgar, the inaugural king of all England, took place in 973 AD. The ceremony formed the basis for the coronation of all future Kings and Queens of England!
Following the Norman conquest, the monastery was replaced with a huge cathedral around 1090, which had turned to ruins by the 15th century.
The building of the present Abbey started in 1499, but due to the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539, was not officially completed until 1616, meaning it took nearly 120 years from start to finish!