The Choir, St Alban''s Abbey
Artist: Buckler, Charles Alban
This is a watercolour of the choir at St. Albans. Although the site has been a place of pilgrimage for over 1,700 years, the present building was originally constructed in the 11th century. It has been re-built and refurbished at various times in its history, most significantly in the 12th and 19th century. It is vast, possessing an extremely long, romanesque-style nave. The "quire", which can be seen in the distance of the picture, displays a richly decorated, vaulted ceiling. It was here that resident monks prayed daily for over 500 years.