Weekly Photo Challenge: Out of this world

In modern times, the power of religion is much diluted. However, it is important to remember that at one time the grandeur of great cathedrals – now often faded – was designed to impress a superstitious and almost certainly illiterate populace.

Both the architecture and the decor were intended to provide an idea of the glories of the life hereafter: literally out of this world.

Even now, the twin domes of the cathedral of Cahors can still impress even the most determinedly secular of observers.

Weekly Photo Challenge 28 February 2018

The Tower

From ground level, the stonework of the tower of this church at Chabanais looks particularly imposing:

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Bricks & Stone

The Nave

Cee’s theme this week is ‘Internal Walkways’. I hope that the aisle of a church counts – in this case, that of St Mary’s in Beverley, Yorkshire.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Indoor Walkways

In Memoriam

Cee’s theme for her Black & White challenge this week is ‘textures’. This stone tablet, mounted high on a wall in St Mary’s church in Beverley, East Yorkshire certainly meets that brief, but additionally has quite a poignant tale to tell.

The inscription is very worn and quite difficult to read, but this is what it says:


Are the ashes of Mr Richd Greyburn

Who was ye only son of Mr Willm

Grayburn of this town, Alderman


The dearest memory

Of so dutiful a son

So honest a tradesman

So pious a Christian

Who died ye 18th of May

Anno Domino 1720

In ye 31st year of his age


Mournful father

hath created

this Monument


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Texture

Thursday Doors: Abbaye de La Reau (3)

A final set of doors from Abbaye de La Réau this week.

As we started last week’s instalment with an image taken from inside looking out, here’s another of the same, this time from the smithy/workshop:

This one is in the Visitor Centre:

In the grounds of the Abbey are the ruins of a round defensive tower, a refuge for the monks if some of their theological debates got a little heated:

And a couple more interesting doors from other buildings within the complex:

Thursday Doors 31 August 2017

Thursday Doors: Abbaye de La Reau (2)

This week we’re continuing our exploration of Abbaye de La Réau with some internal doors. I doubt whether any of these are absolutely original, but most of them are pretty old-looking, it has to be said.

However, to bridge the exterior/interior divide, here’s an image looking out from inside the monks’ living quarters:

A few examples of the doors leading off from this entrance space:

Rather prosaically, this is the door to the (communal) privy. Three seats (holes in a plank, to be more precise), no waiting:

And finally for this week, a door situated in the inner courtyard of the complex. Comes complete with bonus door within a door:

Thursday Doors 24 August 2017

Tuesdays of Texture: The Wall

A rather different perspective – from a roof terrace – of the cloister of the Cistercian Abbey of Noirlac:

Tuesdays of Texture 22 April 2017