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Kävimme Christ Churst Prioryssä. Sit mentiin rannalle. Taisin saada auringonpistoksen.


Sain Venlalta kirjeen. Mukana kaksi purkkapakettia.

Tänään mennään Riitan kaa Palaceen.


Christchurch Priory is a parish and former priory church, located at grid reference SZ160925 in Christchurch in the English county of Dorset (formerly in Hampshire).

Christchurch Priory is a colossal church in Christchurch, a town five miles east of Bournemouth in Dorset. At 311 feet, it is the longest parish church in England.

The church is notable for more than just its size. In Simon Jenkins' book England's Thousand Best Churches, Christchurch Priory is one of only 18 churches awarded five stars. Jenkins writes, "The church is sensational. The view of the reredos as climax to the Norman nave and crossing arch is a coup de théâtre of church architecture."

Christchurch Priory stands on the site of a Saxon minster dating from 650 AD, but the church dates primarily from the Norman and Perpendicular periods. According to legend, the building materials for the church were miraculously moved overnight to the present location and a mysterious carpenter assisted in the work • hence the priory's name.

The church was transferred from a priory (monastic) church to a parish church at the Reformation. The monastic buildings were destroyed, but the church survived relatively unharmed.

The choir is beautifully lit by huge windows and contains the oldest misericords in England, dating from 1210. These delightful wood-carved seats feature such scenes as a fox preaching to a flock of geese.

The choir is separated from the nave by a finely carved 14th-century Jesse Screen (reredos) depicting the family tree of Jesus surmounted by an Epiphany scene. This was probably re-erected when the new Perpendicular chancel was built almost two centuries later.

The stair turret features graceful arcading on the ground floor, colonettes on the second, a trellis pattern on the third floor, and more blind arcading at the top. The Lady Chapel has an unusual upper story, which was used as a grammar school and is now a museum. Underneath the church are three Saxon crypts. For a charge, you can climb the 120-foot tower for some fine views of the area.


Christchurch Priory

Christchurch Priory

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