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Thanks. As you may have guessed from my Panoramio ID, I am an architect. In fact, I was the architect for the restoration of this church to strip away unfortunate modifcations from the 1970's and accommodate the installation of a new organ (a portion of which is shown in this photo). The organ was built by Dobson Pipe Organ Builders. They are currently building a new organ for the chapel at Merton College Oxford that will be completed for the celebration of the college's 750th anniversary in 2014. I would enjoy seeing photographs of it after completion.

The current Church of St. Agricol was erected and endowed as a collegial church in 1321 by Pope John XXII. It is likely that the transfer of relics of St. Peter to Saint Agricol ocurred in this year, and they are still enshrined here. The church was renovated in the 14th and 15th centuries.

Around 1050, the Church of Avignon records the memory of Saint Agricol which had been "its glorious Bishop" and who acquired sainthood "by the number of his virtues and miracles". Historically, however, little is known of his life and episcopate. It is very likely that he lived in the 7th century, was a monk at the Abbey of Lérins before his election to the episcopacy, and that he died to the year 700. A Charter of 919 mentions that he had been buried in the Avignon church dedicated to Saint Peter.

Wonderful tranquil shot that expresses the solitary isolation of the island. Thanks for posting it to the Mt. Desert Island group.

There is more than one version explaining the origin of the church´s name: According to one, the name is connected to a statue of the Virgin Mary, which had a chain on her neck. Another one indicates a connection to the old Judith Bridge and its tower, which had a gate with a chain. However, the most probable version seems to be the one that refers to the chain that was drawn out from that part of the lesser town across the river all the way to the Old Town, so as to prevent ships that were en route to Prague from going through without paying the customs duty.

The water is green because the picture was taken on St. Patrick's Day. St. Patrick is an Irish saint whose color is green. Large numbers of Irish immigrated to Chicago in the 19th century and there is still a large population of Chicagoans who trace their ancestry to Ireland. So every St. Patrick's Day, Chicago dyes the Chicago River bright green and has a big party along the riverbank. The small boat in one picture is dumping dye into the water.

Thanks. Cloud Gate -- referred to by Chicago locals as "The Bean" -- is a public sculpture by British artist Anish Kapoor located in Millennium Park. Every surface reflects the park's surroundings differently. I believe it is a wonderful piece of public art.

Lane and Sons Garage began as a mechanic garage and filling station. After renovation, the Lanes moved their Ford dealership into the building. The Lanes would take the train to Dallas, buy two Fords from the assembly plant, and drive them back to Glen Rose to sell. Prior to closing, this was the oldest family-owned Ford dealership in the United States.

Thank you for your comments. My wife and I were on the Isle of Skye soon after the Icelandic volcano eruption, so we experienced incredibly beautiful sunsets every evening.

Thanks, as always. The Isle of Skye is a beautiful place.

Eilean Donan, or island of Donan, is most probably named after the 6th century Irish Saint, Bishop Donan who came to Scotland around 580 AD. There are several churches dedicated to St. Donan in the area, and it is likely that he formed a small community on the island during the late 7th century. The first fortified structure was not built until the early 13th century as a defensive measure, protecting the lands of Kintail against the Vikings. From the mid 13th century, this area was the quite seperate "Sea Kingdom" of the Lord of the Isles where the sea was the main highway. Eilean Donan offered the perfect defensive position. In 1719 the castle was garrisoned by 46 Spanish soldiers sent in support of the Jacobites. They had established a magazine of gunpowder, and were awaiting the delivery of weapons and cannon from Spain. The English Government sent three heavily armed frigates to quell the revolt. Bombardment of the castle lasted three days, though met with limited success due to the 14 feet thick castle walls. Finally, English troops were sent ashore and over-whelmed the Spanish defenders. Following the surrender, the government troops discovered the magazine of 343 barrels of gunpowder which was then used to blow up what had remained from the bombardment. For the best part of 200 years, the ruins of Eilean Donan lay abandoned and open to the elements, until Lt Colonel John Macrae-Gilstrap bought the island in 1911. He dedicated the next 20 years of his life to its reconstruction. The castle was formally completed in the July of 1932.



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