Looking Through the Window, Melrose Abbey

Christine Smith

Grovedale, Australia

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FEATURED in A Love of Canon 07-05-2011
WINNER of the Architecture, The British Isles – Empty Window Challenge 14-04-2012

Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Lens: @ 24mm, ISO: 200, Aperture: f6.3, Shutter: 1/100

Taken at Melrose Abbey in Melrose, Scotland. The remants of a beautiful Gothic-style abbey 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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