St Mary's Priory Church, Abergavenny
Sometimes called the Westminster Abbey of Wales, the Priory Church of St Mary is home to numerous unique treasures.
The most extraordinary sacred object at St Mary's is the Jesse. Carved from a single piece of oak in the 15th century, this depiction of the lineage of Christ is the only one of its kind in the UK and probably the world.
St Mary’s, a large, Grade I listed church, also contains a number of high status tombs and memorials. It has the second largest single collection of medieval monuments in a parish church in the UK, extending from 13th Century to about 1510 in wood alabaster and freestone.
A recent addition, a pair of textile wall hangings by Elizabeth Brown, decorate the Baptistry.
St Mary’s was originally the church of a Benedictine priory, founded in 1087. Recent archaeological finds suggest it was built on a site of Romano-British and possibly Celtic worship.