These are the cloisters of the former Benedictine abbey of St. Peter (currently a cathedral) in Gloucester, England. The abbey was founded around 678 by a local ruler named Osric and was ruled by a noble woman Kyneburga. Nothing remains of this early foundation today however and the earliest visible parts of the church date form the 11th C. when a Romanesque abbey was constructed by an energetic Norman Abbot Serlo from Mount St. Michel. In the following centuries the monastery served as major religious centre for South Wales as well as South-West England. It was here that one of the leaders of the first crusade, Duke Robert of Normandy as well as King Edward II were buried. The abbey’s cloisters date from the late 14th early 15th centuries and are among the best preserved early examples of gothic fan vault. The harmony of their design, to me at least, is representative to the harmony of monastic life that was sought after by subsequent generations of monks living in Gloucester. It is examples like this that make me wonder that the desire for beauty and harmony is particularly well expressed in the gothic architecture and I could never understand how ‘medieval’ can be seen as more ‘rough’ or ‘barbaric’ than ‘antique’ or ‘renaissance’.
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