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South East View of St Alban's Abbey

South East View of St Alban's Abbey

Artist: Schnebbilie, I.

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1787

Shelfmark: K top Vol 15

Item number: 49.l

Length: 16.7

Width: 24.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

View of St Albans Cathedral in Hertfordshire. The cathedral was built on what was believed to be the site of the martyrdom of St Alban, and the site has been popular with pilgrims ever since. Alban, who lived in the 3rd century became a Christian after sheltering a priest who was fleeing persecution. Alban changed clothes with the priest to allow him to escape. The authorities discovered Alban's actions and sentenced him to be flogged. When Alban refused to renounce his Christain faith he was sentenced to death. He was beheaded and where his head fell a spring of water appeared. A church was built on the site and in the 8th century Bede wrote of, 'the beautiful Church worthy of all Alban's martyrdom where miracles of healing took place'.

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