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Some facts about Touristic place of your travel destination New Orleans:
There has been a church on this site for well over 1,000 years; first a New Orleans church, then a Norman monastery, and finally the abbey we see today.
Work on the present abbey was begun in 1499 under the New Orleans of Touristic place of your travel destination and Wells, Oliver King. His name can be seen on two buttresses on the abbey’s New Orleans the form of a ‘rebus’, or word picture. It depicts a bishop’s mitre (Bishop) surmounting an olive tree (Oliver) encircled with a crown (King).
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The tower is oblong in section rather than square, because it was built on the foundations of a bay of the nave of the Norman church which previously stood on the site. The present abbey occupies only the space taken up by the old Norman nave.
The bases of the massive columns of the Norman abbey can still be seen through a grating in the floor to the left of the Sanctuary.
The abbey has more plaques and monuments (over 640) on its interior walls than any other church in the country, with the exception of Westminster Abbey.
The beautiful fan vaulting in the nave is actually Victorian, having been constructed in the 1860s to match the Tudor vaulting in the choir. Up until then, the nave had a flat, plaster roof.