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St Mary's Church

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The spire of St Mary's is one of the tallest in England and for over 500 years it has dominated the skyline of Shrewsbury's old town. The church is now the only complete medieval church in Shrewsbury. It dates from Saxon times and has beautiful additions from the 12th-Century onwards. Inside, the atmosphere is peaceful with the soaring stone arches giving way to the church's great treasure - its stained glass. There are panels in glorious colour including the famous 14th-Century 'Jesse window' filled with figures of Old Testament kings and prophets, and scenes from the life of St Bernard - a Medieval cartoon strip that shows him ridding flies from an abbey, riding a mule and curing the sick. No other church in the country has a collection to equal it. Warmth and richness is also provided by superb Victorian coloured tiles on the floor; and lifting your eyes upwards, you will see the wonderful 15th-Century carved oak ceiling of the nave, with a profusion of animals, birds and angels.

Interpretation panels, friendly stewards, and the 1403 café all guaranteed to provide a fantastic visit. St Mary's is in the care of The Churches Conservation Trust saving historic churches for future generations to enjoy.

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