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Filename: j850257.jpg

Size: 3800 x 4902 (11.4MB)

Date: 5th April 2007

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Photo Library

Source: English Heritage Images

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Whitby Abbey J850257

WHITBY ABBEY, North Yorkshire. Atmospheric silhouette of the ruins on a full moonlit night

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Abbey Atmospheric Church Cloud Dark Gothic Medieval Night Religion Ruin Silhouette Window Dracula


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In the hauntingly beautiful landscape of Whitby, North Yorkshire, stands the ancient and mysterious Whitby Abbey, a testament to the rich history and religious heritage of England. This evocative photograph, captured by Historic England Photo Library, showcases the abbey in all its atmospheric glory under the cover of a moonlit night. The dark, gothic silhouette of the ruins, framed by the arched windows, is a sight to behold, as the moon casts an ethereal glow upon the medieval stones. The clouds in the night sky dance and swirl above, adding to the sense of mystery and intrigue that surrounds this historic site. The Whitby Abbey, a former Benedictine monastery, has a long and storied past. Founded in the seventh century, it has been a place of worship, a fortress, and a source of inspiration for countless works of literature. One of the most famous associations with the abbey is Bram Stoker's Dracula, which was inspired by the town's maritime history and the eerie atmosphere of the ruins. As you gaze upon this hauntingly beautiful scene, it's easy to imagine the monks of old, huddled in their cells, gazing up at the night sky, seeking solace and guidance from the heavens above. The abbey's gothic arches and intricate carvings stand as a reminder of the enduring power of faith and the passage of time. This photograph is a must-have for anyone with a love of history, religion, or the supernatural. It's a captivating reminder of the beauty and mystery that can be found in the ruins of the past. Whether displayed in a dark, moody room or in a bright, sunlit space, it's sure to be a conversation starter and a source of wonder for years to come.

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