posts tagged "church"
Glastonbury Abbey, May 2013. (photos by me, please don’t remove credit)
This was originally the site of the first church in England around 2000 years ago (a tiny mud-type building), which was replaced with a stone building around the 600s, which was further enlarged over the years. It became the wealthiest church in England, but was dissolved by Henry VIII in the 1500s & left to ruin.
Around Glastonbury, May 2013. (photos by me, please don’t remove credit)
Around Glastonbury. Many, many churches.
The seventh picture is the St. Margaret’s Chapel & Magdalene Almshouses, & photos five & six are figures from the Shrine of our Lady St. Mary of Glastonbury.
Photos 8, 9, & 10 are from my climb up Wearyall Hill in my attempt to find the famous Holy Thorn. I couldn’t find it.
In the 4th photo, you can see the tor in the background, towering over everything.
"People could approach Glastonbury from the sea by boat up to late medieval times. The old River Brue (it has now been re-routed along a more direct route to the sea) flowed close in to Wearyall Hill on its south side, then swung round its western end to meander past Bride’s Mound, then the Glastonbury Lake Village, Godney, Panborough Hill, Martinsey, Nyland, Brent Knoll and finally Brean Down – a two-day journey by boat to the sea."
Day 4 in Dartmoor (May 2013): Chagford
Chagford Church grounds, passing by on my way to the down outside of town.
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More wanderings outside of Moretonhampstead in Dartmoor.
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The stunning Boekhandel Selexyz Dominicanen – Dutch for ‘Book-Selling Dominican’ – can be found in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Managed by the former Boekhandels Groep Nederland, this 800-year-old former church has featured prominently in round-ups and features of the most beautiful bookshops in the world.
The original Dominican church was built in 1294, around eighty years after Saint Dominic formed the Order of Preachers. Its closure is generally credited to French military leader Napoleon Bonaparte.
His army closed the ornate stone building during the 1794 invasion, despite Napoleon’s respect for the Catholic religion’s charisma and ability to promote social order. And while the church didn’t fall into ruin, it nevertheless spent some of the next two centuries abandoned and neglected.
Churches aren’t typically known for providing effective storage solutions, but this one’s well-stocked past includes a stint as a warehouse, an archive and a very ornate stone bicycle shed.
If that’s not impressive enough, the 13th century structure now houses a three storey bookshelf complete with walkways, staircases and elevators. The current arrangement was designed by Amsterdam-based architecture firm Merkx+Girod who won the Lensvelt de Architect Interior Prize in 2007 for their work.
Merkx+Girod chose modern black steel shelving and fashionable furniture (including a cross-shaped reading table) to compliment the church’s renovated vaulted ceilings, ornate arches and decorative frescoes. The additional shelving structure takes the shop floor from around 750 square meters to 1,200, allowing space for a cafe in the choir.
Advertisements can often be seen hanging from Boekhandel Dominicanen’s grand stone pillars, as religious banners would once have done, and lighting has been strategically placed almost candle-like around this truly spectacular bookshop. (Explore more converted chapels and churches here.)
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