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Winter's Day at Melrose Abbey

Christine Smith

Grovedale, Australia

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FEATURED in HDRI (No Holds Barred) 07-05-2011
FEATURED in Christian Churches, Statues and Crosses 09-05-2011
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TOP TEN FINALIST in the Postcards-Destinations – Photo of the month (May) Challenge 13-06-2011

Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Lens: @ 22mm, ISO: 200, Aperture: f7, Shutter: 1/100

Taken at Melrose Abbey, in Melrose, Scotland. The remnants of a beautiful Gothic-style abbey which is maintained by Historic Scotland. It was founded in 1136 by Cistercian monks, on the request of King David I of Scotland and it was headed by the Abbot or Commendator of Melrose. The ruins of Melrose are widely considered among the most beautiful of religious houses in the United Kingdom, being especially notable for a wealth of well-preserved figure-sculpture, and it is known for its many carved decorative details, including likenesses of saints, dragons, gargoyles and plants. Its architecture is also considered to be some of the finest in Scotland. The east end of the abbey was completed in 1146. Other buildings in the complex were added over the next 50 years. The abbey was built in the form of a St. John’s cross. A considerable portion of the abbey is now in ruins, though a structure dating from 1590 is maintained as a museum open to the public. Alexander II and other Scottish kings and nobles are buried at the abbey. The embalmed heart of Robert the Bruce is also said to rest on the abbey’s grounds, while the rest of his body is buried in Dunfermline Abbey. In 1812, a stone coffin that some speculated was that of Michael Scot the philosopher and “wizard”, was found in an aisle in the abbey’s south chancel.

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