the lesson about the Roman city of Verulamium

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the pictorial reconstruction of the Abby just before its closure in 1539.

I think that St Alban city is a very interesting place. I visited it twice, once I arrived by train for the sigthseeing, the second time I biked to buy some postcards. City is based on the medieval town. But ealier there were the Roman town of Verulamium. When I was visiting the Cathedral I saw the map that shows how the town looks like in 1539. At first there were just a church built around the tomb of St Alban. Renovations changed the church into a larger Abby Church for the Benedicte monastery and later rebuilt in the Norman Romanesque style, but it was not the end. In the 12th century it was extended in the early Gothic style.

Being in Cathedra I could take a leaflet about the story of Alban-Roman citizen (for the leaflet about the Cathedra I paid 1 pound).

St.Ablan Shrine

He lived in the Roman city of Verulamium and was a worshiper of Roman Gods including the Emperor. But he gave shelter to a Christian Priest fleeing from persecution. When the authoritiest discovered the priest's hiding place Alban exchanged clothes with him. Taken before the judge he declared his Christian faith. Then Alban was sentenced to death. He was brought out of the town, across the river and up a hill to the site of execusion. St.Alban's Shrine survived from 1308 and is located in the Shrine Chapel. It is said that Alban is the first Christian martyr of Britain and his symbol is the rose.

About the Cathedra I have read that is has the longest nave in UK. Its Gothic style made impression on me. I went also to see the exhibition area where there is a display of historic silver and a reconstruction of astronomical cloc (I am afraid i have no idea how it works like). But I paid much attention on the works of the St Bernard - the book 1645 ! I couln't open it, but it looks beautiful. There were also a different interesting display - the Christian calendar.
When I left the Cathedra I walked to the Verulamium park and to the Roman theatre. But exept bricks and grass I didn't see more. I hoped to see the interior of the Clock Tower, but it was closed too. So because it was getting late I came back to the market place and St Peter's street to the City Station.

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the pictorial reconstruction of th…
the pictorial reconstruction of t…
St.Ablan Shrine
St.Ablan Shrine
the railway station
the railway station
The Cathedral of Saint Alban
The Cathedral of Saint Alban
In the Nave the pilgrimes prepare…
"In the Nave the pilgrimes prepar…
The Nave Screen (c.1360) separate…
"The Nave Screen (c.1360) separat…
The presbitery High Altar and ceil…
The presbitery High Altar and cei…
The presbytery High Altar was erec…
The presbytery High Altar was ere…
The ringing chamber for the 12 bel…
The ringing chamber for the 12 be…
The Tower ceiling. The replica sho…
The Tower ceiling. The replica sh…
St.Albans Shrine. It is a rare s…
St.Alban's Shrine. "It is a rare …
the painting in the Shrine Chapel
the painting in the Shrine Chapel
The Lady Chapel takes its name fr…
"The Lady Chapel takes its name f…
The astronomical clock
The astronomical clock
the north part of the Cathedrale
the north part of the Cathedrale
the entrance to the Verulamium park
the entrance to the Verulamium park
near the entrance to the Verulamiu…
near the entrance to the Verulami…
the Verulamium park
the Verulamium park
the nature - it was very picturesq…
the nature - it was very pictures…
The entrance to the Toman Theatre
The entrance to the Toman Theatre
Roman Theatre of Verulamium
Roman Theatre of Verulamium
the road along the theatre
the road along the theatre
a little angry, ups!
a little angry, ups!
I was standing at the eastern corn…
I was standing at the eastern cor…
the walk
Saint Albans
photo by: AlicjaK