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The end of the world is nigh by Tom Gomez

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The Mansfield Traquair Centre is a former Catholic Apostolic Church located at Mansfield Place, beside the roundabout at the foot of Broughton Street on the edge of Edinburgh’s historic New Town. The building was designed by the prominent nineteenth-century architect Sir Robert Rowand Anderson (1834 – 1921) and completed in 1885.

Mansfield Traquair Centre is an Historic Scotland Category A Listed Building (HB Number 26849).

The most outstanding feature of the church is the vast scheme of mural decoration painted in the 1890s by Scotland’s leading Arts and Crafts artist Phoebe Anna Traquair (1852-1936). Mainly due to her wonderful work, the church has been called Edinburgh’s Sistine Chapel, and a jewelled crown.

Mansfield Traquair Centre ceased to be a church in 1958. The churchbuilders apparently believed that the world was going to end (hence the title for this image) so they intended that the building would one day become useless.

The church suffered badly in the years since it ceased to be a place of worship, and damage to both the fabric of the building and the murals was severe. However, the building was rescued in the nick of time.

The Mansfield Traquair Trust was set up in 1993 to preserve this great building, and the magnificent murals within. A multi-million pound renovation of the building was completed in 2002 and the restoration of the murals was completed in 2005.

The Mansfield Traquair Centre is now the national headquarters of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.

The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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


Three bracketed RAWs converted to HDR in Photomatix Pro 4.0.2.

Related shots can be found at: Edinburgh or you can look at all my HDR shots.

Featured in : Religious Art and Photography : 24 Jan 11

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  • cherylc1
    cherylc1almost 4 years ago

    Outstanding capture~ what a magnificant building!

  • Thank you dear Cheryl. Did you see the other view at the bottom of my description?

    – Tom Gomez

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKalmost 4 years ago

    What a marvellous capture and great restoration work.

  • Cheers Don, it is an impressive building, great to see it as good as new …

    – Tom Gomez

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

    This is a beautiful capture dear Tom. I think the churchbuilders got it wrong. lolx

  • Thank you dear Catherine. Not so much the builders, but rather the Catholic Apostolic Church who thought that the end of the world was immenent way back in 1958 …

    – Tom Gomez

  • John44
    John44almost 4 years ago

    Tom..Sharp details and good colors.

  • Cheers young John …

    – Tom Gomez

  • JandeBeer
    JandeBeeralmost 4 years ago

    Excellent HDR Tom

  • Thank you kindly Jan …

    – Tom Gomez

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyalmost 4 years ago

    Great shot Tom of this fabulous church with a striking bright red door.

  • Cheers young Gary, however, it is not a church any more …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawalmost 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your artwork with the Photomatix HDR Group!

  • joak
    joakalmost 4 years ago

    never cease tae amaze mate brill

  • Cheers mate …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture and composition Tom

  • Very much appreciated Barry …

    – Tom Gomez

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