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Filename: J980029.jpg

Size: 3720 x 4700 (16.6MB)

Date: 20th November 2008

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Photo Library

Source: English Heritage Images

Job Title: Photographer

© Paul Highnam

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Rievaulx Abbey J980029

RIEVAULX ABBEY, North Yorkshire. The interior of the abbey church looking towards the East end

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© Paul Highnam

Abbey Church Gothic Medieval Religion Ruin


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Rievaulx Abbey: A Glimpse into Medieval Religious Devotion This evocative photograph, captured by Paul Highnam for Historic England, offers a hauntingly beautiful glimpse into the rich history of Rievaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire, England. Founded in 1132, Rievaulx Abbey was once a thriving Cistercian monastery, renowned for its strict adherence to the Rule of St. Benedict and its commitment to self-sufficiency. The image showcases the interior of the abbey church, which stands proudly towards the east end. The ruins, bathed in soft, natural light, reveal the intricacies of the Gothic architecture that once housed monks dedicated to prayer, study, and labor. The high, pointed arches, ribbed vaulting, and delicate tracery are testament to the architectural prowess of the medieval period. The serene atmosphere of the abbey church belies the intense spiritual devotion that once filled its walls. Monks would gather here to worship, to seek solace, and to connect with the divine. The intricate carvings, stained glass windows, and ornate stonework serve as enduring reminders of their faith and dedication. Today, Rievaulx Abbey stands as a poignant reminder of the past, a testament to the power of religious devotion, and a source of inspiration for those who visit. The ruins continue to captivate visitors with their historical significance and architectural beauty, inviting us to reflect on the rich tapestry of human history.

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