An­cient tiny church in western Eng­land a keeper of his­tory

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

St Mary's Church, in Kem­p­ley, in Glouces­ter­shire, western Eng­land, is a hid­den gem. Paint­ings have adorned this an­cient, tiny church for 900 years. Ex­perts from the United King­dom's Cour­tauld In­sti­tute of Art say they're among the most com­plete and best pre­served me­dieval wall paint­ings in North­ern Europe, de­pict­ing Bi­ble scenes, saints, the apos­tles, Christ and the Apoc­a­lypse.

Dur­ing the Re­for­ma­tion, the Kem­p­ley mu­rals were white­washed. They were not re­dis­cov­ered or re­stored for cen­turies. — AP

Photo shows a paint­ing of six of Christ's Apos­tles, on the wall of the chan­cel of St Mary's Church in Kem­p­ley, Glouces­ter­shire, western Eng­land. — AP pho­tos

Photo shows St Mary's Church at Kem­p­ley, in Glouces­ter­shire, western Eng­land.

Photo shows the in­te­rior of St Mary's Church in Kem­p­ley, Glouces­ter­shire, western Eng­land, which boasts some of the finest and most com­plete me­dieval wall paint­ings in north­ern Europe.

Photo shows the door from the bell tower into the nave of St Mary's Church in Kem­p­ley, Glouces­ter­shire, western Eng­land.

Photo shows a paint­ing of Je­sus Christ, ac­com­pa­nied by six of his Apos­tles and an­gels.

Photo shows St Mary's Church at Kem­p­ley, in Glouces­ter­shire, western Eng­land.

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