The exquisite Elder Lady Chapel was built in about 1220 under abbot David, whose tomb lies outside its entrance. It may have been designed by Adam Lock, master mason at Wells cathedral. Entertaining sculptures, full of animals, can be seen around the walls. In this chapel, for centuries, special honour was given to Mary, mother of Christ. It is called the 'elder' lady chapel because another Lady Chapel was added at the east end of the choir in 1298. The chapel contains many artworks, including the medieval tomb of Lady Margaret Mortimer and Lord Maurice Berkeley, and icons of Saint Augustine of Hippo and local Saint, Jordan. It is unusual to have a chapel located off the north transept and it is possible that this was done deliberately to evoke the Holy House at Walsingham, which was a centre of Marian devotion.
The Chapel is regularly used for prayer, contemplation and the lunchtime Eucharist services (Holy Communion).
- The Nave
The nave is the main body of the Cathedral, flowing from the Rose Window to the stone choir screen at the centre of the building.
- Elder Lady Chapel
Elder Lady Chapel
An exquisite medieval chapel used for prayer and contemplation.
- The Choir
The choir is the focal point of the medieval 'hall church', leading up to the high altar.
- South Transept
This space contains some wonderful stained glass and the Anglo-Saxon stonework marvel 'The Harrowing of Hell'.
- North Transept
The North Transept
- Nave Altar
This altar is the focus of worship on Sundays and great occasions, when the Eucharist, or Holy Communion, is celebrated.
- High Altar
The high altar is the focal point of Christian prayer and worship.
- Berkeley Chapel
This chapel was originally provided for prayer for the souls of the Berkeley family. Today it is used for Morning Prayer and lunchtime Eucharist services.
- Eastern Lady Chapel
Eastern Lady Chapel
The opulent Eastern Lady Chapel commemorates three of the monastery's Abbots and the first Bishop of Bristol.
- Chapter House
This stunning Chapter House is one of the finest examples of Norman architecture in England.
- South Choir Aisle
South Choir Aisle
The south choir aisle contains the tombs of the Berkeley family and some specially commissioned pieces of modern art.