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Filename: J070050.jpg

Size: 4778 x 3658 (15.9MB)

Date: 3rd April 2008

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Photo Library

Source: English Heritage Images

Job Title: Photographer

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Rievaulx Abbey J070050

RIEVAULX ABBEY, North Yorkshire. The crossing and east end of the abbey church showing autumn colour on the trees beyond

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Abbey Arch Church Gothic Medieval Religion Ruin


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EDITORS COMMENTS
This print by Joe Cornish captures the ethereal beauty of Rievaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire. The image showcases the magnificent ruins of this medieval Gothic abbey, with its striking arches and intricate stonework standing tall against a backdrop of vibrant autumn foliage. The focal point of the photograph is the crossing and east end of the abbey church, where history seems to come alive through every weathered stone. As sunlight filters through gaps in the ancient structure, it casts enchanting shadows that dance upon the fallen leaves below. The juxtaposition between nature's seasonal transformation and man-made architectural marvels creates a truly mesmerizing scene. Rievaulx Abbey holds deep religious significance, having been home to Cistercian monks for centuries before falling into ruin during Henry VIII's Dissolution of Monasteries. Yet even in decay, its grandeur remains awe-inspiring, evoking a sense of reverence and contemplation. Joe Cornish's expert composition skillfully highlights both the delicate details within each archway and the vastness beyond them. His masterful use of light enhances not only the textures but also illuminates how time has shaped this sacred place. This print serves as an exquisite reminder that even amidst ruins, there exists enduring beauty worth preserving—a testament to our rich heritage and an invitation to reflect on our connection with both spirituality and history.

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