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The Abbey Church of Dunfermline by Tom Gomez

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August 2010 Juried Invitational Exhibition

Just to the south of Dunfermline’s High Street lies one of Scotland’s most unusual churches. The Abbey Church of Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland is two very distinct churches, joined in the middle. The effect is unexpected but attractive. The Abbey Church, as the name suggests, was the church serving Dunfermline Abbey.

A church probably already existed on this site in 1070, when King Malcolm III married Queen Margaret. Margaret liked Dunfermline so much she set up a Benedictine foundation here. This was later transformed by her son King David I into what was intended to become the most important abbey in Scotland. Work was started in 1128 on the Abbey Church and the nave still survives as the western half of the building on view today.

During the building of the new Abbey Church in 1819 bones believed to be those of Robert the Bruce, because of their position and because of a cut breastbone (to allow the removal of his heart), were discovered. Robert was reinterred in the centre of the new Abbey Church, 560 years after his death.

His grave now lies under the magnificent pulpit covered by a large brass grave marker. And to celebrate his presence the words “KING ROBERT THE BRUCE” were formed with large stone lettering around the four sides of the crown of the tower. Subtle it isn’t, but striking it most certainly is.

Dunfermline Abbey Church is an Historic Scotland Category A Listed Building (HB Number 25961).

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Lens: Canon 18-55mm IS
ISO: 200


Three sets of three bracketed JPGs (nine images in total) separately Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro 3.2.9 then PhotoMerged in Photoshop CS4.

Related shots can be found at: Dunfermline.

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Top Ten place in the Best Featured Artwork Challenge in the Christian Churches, Statues and Crosses Group, 5 Mar 11

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  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 4 years ago

    Outstanding Tom!

  • Thank you kindly dear Cheryl …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Karl Williams
    Karl Williamsover 4 years ago

    Good viewpoint, good sky .. nicely done, Tom

  • Cheers Karl, I got very lucky with the sky that day …

    – Tom Gomez

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 4 years ago

    What a winner that is, Tom! Just beautiful!

  • Thank you David, always appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • joak
    joakover 4 years ago

    a beaut mate canny fault it

  • Cheers my friend …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherover 4 years ago


  • Cheers Sean …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 4 years ago

    this is an instant fave for me dear Tom,it’s beautiful.x

  • Thank you dear Catherine …

    – Tom Gomez

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyover 4 years ago

    Stunning shot Tom, must have fave – it’s superb!

  • Thank you so much Gary mate …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot and fantastic sky Tom

  • Thank you so much Audrey …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Peter Lusby Taylor
    Peter Lusby Ta...over 4 years ago

    fabulous absolutely

  • Thank you kindly Peter …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 4 years ago

    No puns no jokes no witty little remarks just plain old fashioned respect :o)

  • Thank you my friend, very much appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

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