The Abbey Church

The Abbey Church is located at the centre of the buildings at Buckfast Abbey and is a reflection in bricks and mortar of the central importance of prayer in the heart of each monk who lives here.

It conforms exactly to the original Cistercian ground plan and the basic shape is cruciform with the Church positioned in an east-west direction and the cloister and domestic buildings lying on the south side.

The history of the Abbey Church is echoed throughout the building in the Gothic and Romanesque windows and archways as well as the statue in the Lady Chapel which is dedicated to the Virgin Mary – the part of the statue below the knee is medieval and was found in a wall near the Abbey when the rebuilding began.

In contrast to the rest of the Abbey, the Blessed Sacrament Chapel brings a touch of modern design. The stunning stained glass windows which depict Christ at the Last Supper were designed and made in the Abbey’s workshops by the monks.

The monks celebrate the Divine Office and Mass together every day in the Abbey Church and the public is welcome to join any of these services. For more information on service times, click here.

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