A “long-lost” medieval monastery has been discovered by archaeologists in Gloucester city center. Gloucester is in the west of England. The remains of this 13th century Carmelite friary have been found beneath a demolished multi-story car park.
Mother of God Monastery was the name of the Carmelite monastery.
GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND— Gloucestershire Live reports that traces of the thirteenth-century Whitefriars Carmelite monastery were discovered after the demolition of a multilevel parking garage in the cathedral city of Gloucester. Historical records indicate that much of the friary was demolished after the dissolution of the monasteries in the sixteenth century, but archaeologists have found the remains of four large buildings made with stone or stone footings at the site. Some of the uncovered walls, aligned from east to west, measured more than three feet wide. Tiled floors and part of a medieval drain were also found.
Medieval Gloucester was also home to the Blackfriars (Dominicans), the Greyfriars (Conventual Franciscans), St. Oswald’s Priory (Augustinan Canons), and Llanthony Secunda Priory (Augustinan Canons).
It just underlines that buildings pass but God remains. And those who are united to him remain too! Yes indeed, as St. Augustine says,“To fall in love with God is the greatest of romances, to seek him, the greatest adventure, to find him, the greatest human achievement.”