Roman and Mediaeval History, Illlustrated Travel Journals, Mediaeval Literature, Geology


14.6.13
  The Abbeys and Cathedrals

I got some abbeys and cathedrals, too; a few famous ruins among them.

The Abbey of Whitby in the mist.

Yes, there is a ruined church there - Whitby

Not the usual tourist website photos, I'm afraid, but they may be more realistic than the sunny ones. I'm sure Hild would have known a lot of that fog.

I had much better luck with the weather when I visited Rievaulx Abbey

Rievaulx Abbey

Rievaulx is grand. It must have been a huge and busy place once and even the ruins are still impressive. Most remains of the church, but there are some considerable traces of the other buildings as well.

Rievaulx Abbey, remains of the main nave

I spent quite some time there photographing and then went on to another church that's not a ruin: Ripon Cathedral.

Ripon Cathedral, the nave between west work and transept

There's a difference to German churches in the flat-roofed west towers, the larger crossing tower, and often the length of the nave on the side of the apse as well.

I had to wait out a funeral service for the interior shots, but I got some eventually.

Ripon Cathedral, view from side nave to the crossing

Ripon has a long and interesting history and I got more research set out for me. *sigh*

And there is lovely Lindisfarne

The Abbey of Lindisfarne

Less imposing that Rievaulx but a charming place, esp. in the sunshine. I was lucky to catch a low tide so I could get a taxi to drive me over.

And a big church in a small town, the St.Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall.

St.Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, west front

This one is a fine example of Romanesque architecture. I especially loved the interior with its sturdy, red columns.

St.Magnus Cathedral, main nave

Luckily, Henry VIII never got that far. He left enough ruins in his wake as it is. Though they are nice camera fodder. :-)
 
Comments:
Rievaulx Abbey is wonderful, even in decay. Lots of personality.
 
StMagnus Cathedral, great nave...
I love Romanesque!

Whereas my husband shares Constance's view. He was very impressed with Rievaulx Abbey :-)
 
They are both great in their own way.

I think my father would have loved St.Magnus Cathedral better, too; he likes the Romanesque style (as do I, but I don't mind some nice Gothic, either).
 
I so love Rievaulx, one of my favourite places! I have visited the ruins of Whitby, but when I was about ten, so can't remember it very well :)
 
Beautiful picture of Whitby - now, I've been there.
 
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