St Mary Redcliffe Church
St Mary Redcliffe Church is a treasure of international importance: a Grade I listed building that is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. It has soaring walls, crowned with a ceiling of glittering gilded roof bosses of exquisite beauty, and flooded with light from the vast clerestory and stained glass windows.
The oldest surviving parts date from 1185, the Lady Chapel, south porch and south transept date from the 14th century and most of the other parts were built in the 15thcentury. The grandeur of the church has been admired through the ages. On a visit to Bristol in 1574 Queen Elizabeth I is reputed to have declared it to be ‘the fairest, goodliest and most famous parish church in England’.
The scale and beauty of the building gives the impression that it was intended to be a cathedral yet its purpose, like all parish churches, has always been to serve as a gathering place for the Christian community to worship God. The local Christian community built this wondrous feat of architecture and each generation has adapted the building to create what we see today and to express their interpretation of the good news of Jesus Christ and reflect the glory of God.
Facilities: Unfortunately, there is not currently any special disabled access
Opening Times: Weekdays 8.30am – 5.00 pm
Sundays 8.00am – 8.00pm
The Undercroft Café is open Monday to Friday 10am – 4.00 pm
Costs: Entry is free but they do ask visitors to make a donation to the upkeep of the church.
Photo Credits: © Copyright St Mary Redcliffe Church
For further information please visit: http://www.stmaryredcliffe.co.uk