Whitby Abbey..the easterly aspect. Founded in the VII the century and rebuilt in the XIII th century following its destruction by the Vikings

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The abbey was founded in 657ad by King Oswy of Northumbria under the Abbess Hilda. A few centuries later, the wooden structure was destroyed by Viking marauders who regularly plundered the British east coastal communities. Eventually, in the 13th century, a beautiful stone building was constructed. The work to complete the Abbey took a further two hundred years..The order of Benedictine monks served the community and helped to maintain the fabric of the building..Like all Abbeys and Monasteries, it was the seat of learning and the monks were responsible for the teachings of Christianity through education and local services held within the Abbey. The misguided jealousy of the English king Henry VIII caused him to outlaw the Roman catholic religion leading to the dissolution of the monasteries..These wonderful buildings soon fell into disrepair, under constant threat from thieves who were eager to ransack the fabric of the structures, removing lead from the roofs and stone from the walls..The rest, as they say, is history.

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Jim Evans (AXOTA) on March 13, 2012

This only goes to prove how bad I am at maintaining my gallery, a situation of which I am not proud...My humble apologies every one for my laziness!

manuto~~~Possibly the most popular ruin in the UK and it's in my back yard, thanks for your nice comment!

Korcsog Rita~~~I'm glad you liked it Rita, it looks spooky at night

a+luca~~~~Su buen complemento es muy apreciada...Gracias:)

EdwardTur~~~~I greet you warmly _Edward and thank you kindly for your evaluation!

baba49~~~~~Thanks for such a thoughtful comment baba :) here is another moment in time ;)

ButsYV~~~Yuri, I award you the brightest golden star for all the lovely comments you leave in so many of our galleries :)

Jarda Houdek~~~Many thanks for your appreciation Jarda :)

Christos Theodorou~~~~~These monumental structures deserve the exposure here Christos, they will go on to survive us all..Thank you for your kind appraisal :)

Andreamo~~~A warm welcome Andreamo :)) The XII century stone masons knew a thing or two about geometry, and their skills were the finest available..Not surpassed by any other!

I'm thankful for all your amazing comments guys, it is a pleasure to receive so much positive feedback..I'm sorry for taking so long to respond and I look forward to visiting your galleries in the near future

Kind regards to you all!

Jim

Conquilha on March 30, 2012

I think it was a fantastic catedral...LK

From Portugal, Conquilha

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on March 30, 2012

Conquilha~~~~It must have looked totally awesome before the dissolution of the monasteries..It has taken many years of neglect and decay to reach this stage..Once the lead had been stolen from the roofs, this was inevitable! Glad you liked it my friend!

Cheers

Jim

Biplab Kumar Pal on April 3, 2012

Superb shot AXOTA, L+F, best wishes, Biplab.

kovi53 on June 28, 2012

Hello Jim!

Wonderful composition and beautiful shot. I like it very much. Thanks for your visit and very kind message.

Greetings from Budapest, Viktor

manzoni yann on July 26, 2012

like and favorite!

Debra Lineberger on July 27, 2012

LIKE 33....beautiful piece of history!

Senad Džinić (Džine) on October 3, 2012

LIKE 34

vise81 on March 19, 2013

Wonderful composition!!! like

ciao, Francesco

© PiGi'Franco on April 9, 2013

Very nice place and beautiful picture, Jim! I like it.

My best greetings, PiGì

Anna Grigorjeva on May 27, 2013

Beautiful shot! Like! Greetings from Estonia, Anna

Farhat Hussain Shah on November 23, 2013

very beautiful photo, like

C H Bradley 5 days ago

Thank you for the description. Such a magnificent structure. You have captured the beauty of the surrounding area and what might have been. Thank you for allowing me to visit your unique and fantastic gallery.
Carolyn

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