060926. Thirty-six Views of Bath Abbey, 1/46. My series tribute to Hokusai’s Fugaku Sanju Rokkei

October 17, 2006 at 10:43 AM | Posted in Angels, Architecture, Bath, Cathedrals and churches, Crowns, Fugaku Sanju Rokkei, Hokusai, Hot air balloons, kite, Ladders, Olive Trees, Saints, Sculpture, Tabernacles, Trees | 5 Comments

This is Bath Abbey’s west facade. Here angels climb and descend a Jacob’s Ladder to Heaven. There are other symbols on the facade, which all come from Bishop King’s original dream in 1499 when he was inspired to knock down the immense Norman Cathedral and construct on the site of its nave a smaller Tudor Abbey Church.

 

 

 

 

060927.21.Bath.Abbey.WestFacade.Angels climbing Jacob’s Ladder to Heaven
Apart from the balloon / kite, tabernacle (decorated buttress pinacle) / scaffolding , and Jacob’s Ladder / scaffolding ladder justaposition, look at the shadowed lower left hand corner of the abbey with the carving of the Olive Tree ringed in a crown. Below the top three pagoda tiles and above the crown of the roof pitch, observe that same tree shape!Toto Asakusa honganji

 

 

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  1. I love the ornate style and the attention to detail. It’s quite a wedding cake of a piece of architecture. Just beautiful!

  2. […] Finally, this is the second of the series of 46 (possibly 36 or less if I give up). The first one was posted a while ago and recently refitted with the Hokusai print. Take a look here to get a better idea. About the shot: it was taken from Alexandria Park, direclty south of the city over the Avon in Lyncombe (?). Enjoy. […]

  3. […] OK, so you’re a demanding group. Weekends typically kill viewership so I was going to play it easy but here’s the story on the west façade (although it was briefly mentioned back in the first Hokusai post): […]

  4. Sweet blog. I never know what I am going to come across next. I think you should do more posting as you have some pretty intelligent stuff to say.

    I’ll be watching you . 🙂

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