Prayer room at Inchcolm Abbey

Paul  Gibb

Dunfermline, United Kingdom

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Taken on 16/10/10 on Inchcolm Island which is on the river Forth in Scotland.The picture was taken using my canon eos rebel t1i (500d) dslr 18-55mm lens at 18mm using an aperture setting 7.1 with a shutter speed of 1/4 and an iso setting of 400. The final image is four separate images stitched together in canon’s photo stitch to show the viewer the splendor of this room within Inchcolm Abbey.
The Abbey, which is located at the centre of the island, was in the 12th century during the episcopate of Gregoir, Bishop of Dunkeld. Later tradition placed it back in the reign of King Alexander I of Scotland (1107-24), who probably had some involvement in the island. He was apparently washed ashore there after a shipwreck in 1123, and took shelter in a hermit’s hovel.
The Abbey was first used as a priory by Augustinian canons regular, becoming a full abbey in 1235. The island was attacked by the English from 1296 onwards, and the Abbey was abandoned after the Scottish Reformation in 1560. It has since been used for defensive purposes, as it is situated in a strategically important position in the middle of the Firth of Forth. A medieval inscription carved above the Abbey’s entrance reads: Stet domus haec donec fluctus formica marinos ebibat, et totum testudo permabulet orbem ‘May this house stand until an ant drains the flowing sea, and a tortoise walks around the whole world’.
Inchcolm Abbey has the most complete surviving remains of any Scottish monastic house. The cloisters, chapter house, warming house, and refectory are all complete, and most of the remaining claustral buildings survive in a largely complete state. The least well-preserved part of the complex is the monastic church. The ruins are cared for by Historic Scotland, which also maintains a visitor centre near the landing pier (entrance charge; ferry from South Queensferry).(Abbey Info from Wickepedia)
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