Friday, June 24, 2016

Stairway to Heaven (with addendum)

Bath Abbey, England shot on iPhone 6

Captured with the iPhone 6: the Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Bath, Somerset, England.  The English couldn't decide who has primacy, whether it was Paul or Peter so they decided to call the church simply Bath Abbey. Formerly, it was a Benedictine monastery but calling it the Abbey Church of St Benedict didn't go well with the tourism industry. 

It is one of the largest examples of Perpendicular Gothic architecture in the West Country.  The west front includes sculptures of angels climbing to heaven on two stone ladders -  sometimes referred to as Jacob's Ladder or Stairway to Heaven, a secret inspiration to Rock Guitarist Jimmy Page in writing Led Zeppelin's famous song, now being disputed in the Los Angeles court as to its authorship. 

Addendum June 24, 2016:  As of yesterday's court ruling, Page and Plant are singing:

"... So now you'd better stop and rebuild all your ruins, 
For peace and trust can win the day despite of all your losing."


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