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Aberdeen in the rain by Tom Gomez

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Aberdeen’s Mercat Cross (built 1686) stands in the Castlegate, originally the site of Aberdeen Castle Gates until its destruction in 1308, in Aberdeen, Scotland, located centrally at the east-end of the city’s main thoroughfare, Union Street.

This open-arched structure, 21 ft (6 m) in diameter and 18 ft (5 m) high, comprises a large hexagonal base from the centre of which rises a shaft with a Corinthian capital, on which is the Royal Unicorn. The base is highly decorated, including medallions illustrating Scottish Monarchs from James I to James VII.

Established from the 12th century, market crosses were traditionally the symbol of a Burgh’s right to trade and were placed at the centre of a town’s Market Place. They were also the place where important announcements were made and where public punishments were applied.

Just left of centre left is the New Town House (built between 1868 and 1874), the headquarters of the City Council. It is one of the most splendid granite edifices in Scotland, in Flemish-Gothic style in recognition of close trade links between Aberdeen and Flanders. In the vestibule of the entrance corridor stands a suit of black armour, believed to have been worn by Provost Sir Robert Davidson, who fought in the Battle of Harlaw in 1411. The 210 ft (64 m) West Tower, with its prominent bartizans, commands a fine view of the city and surrounding country.

In the centre of the shot, on the corner of Castle Street and King Street stands the old North of Scotland Bank (built 1839-42). This building, with its imposing corner entrance of four giant order composite columns, and statue of Ceres above, is now a pub named after its original architect.

Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro 4.2.1.

Camera: Sony NEX-7
Lens: Sony 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 zoom


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  • David Davies
    David Daviesabout 2 years ago

    Super picture and narrative Tom. I was just reading a Rebus novel, so the concept of Scotland and rain are in the forefront of my mind! lol

  • We have had much more than our fair share of rain this summer. Glad you like the shot …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Dlouise
    Dlouiseabout 2 years ago

    Superb capture and great info Tom!

  • Thank you kindly, always appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Karen Martin
    Karen Martinabout 2 years ago

    Lovely work Tom – the colours are brilliant

  • Thank you kindly Karen …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Christine Smith
    Christine Smithabout 2 years ago

    I love the light on that wet ground Tom. Another beauty.

  • Thank you so much Christine …

    – Tom Gomez

  • dher5
    dher5about 2 years ago

    beautiful image!

  • Very much appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...about 2 years ago

    Rain certainly gives captures a whole different look.I love it dear Tom.x

  • Thank you dear Catherine …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 2 years ago

  • Colleen2012
    Colleen2012about 2 years ago

    Looks beautiful Tom even in the rain. Well captured.
    Love Colleen2012

  • Thank you so much Colleen …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Glenn Cecero
    Glenn Ceceroabout 2 years ago

    Wonderful work, Tom!

  • Thank you kindly Glenn …

    – Tom Gomez

  • John44
    John44about 2 years ago

    You hit the stars here Tom

  • Thank you my friend …

    – Tom Gomez

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