Posted on February 25, 2018
This is the only Black & White Sunday this month, and I decided that it should be Traces of the Past. Last summer I was lucky to visit, if only briefly, beautiful Rosslyn Chapel located in the village of Roslin, Midlothian, Scotland. Once a place of Catholic worship, after the Scottish Reformation, Roman Catholic worship in the chapel was brought to an end, and the chapel was closed to public worship until 1861, when it was opened again as a place of worship according to the rites of the Scottish Episcopal Church, a member church of the Anglican Communion.
Since the 1980’s the chapel has been a subject of many speculative theories concerning a connection of Freemasonry, the Knights Templar and the Holy Grail. It was prominently featured in the 2003 bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code and its film adaptation. Today it is a privately owned working church where services are held on Sundays and weddings and baptisms are reserved for the members of the Rosslyn Chapel congregation. Read more…
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I hope you will enjoy this theme again. Your traces of the past don’t have to include old architecture or planetary famous sites; I would be very glad to see your alternative take on the theme – maybe some traces from your own past…
Don’t need to rush with your submissions…. The deadline is in two weeks.
Posted on January 11, 2018
The story of Melrose Abbey extends back to some time before 650AD, though its origins are at a place now known as Old Melrose (called Mailros at the time) which stands in a loop in the River Tweed some 2.5 miles east of the monastery you see today. ..
Old Melrose, was destroyed by Kenneth Mac Alpin, King of the Scots, in 839. The site was later used as a place of retreat and it is possible that a church continued in use there for centuries after the monastery’s destruction.
In 1136 King David I asked Cistercian monks from Rievaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire to found an abbey in Melrose. David intended this to be on the site of St Aidan’s earlier monastery at Mailros, suggesting the location was still seen as having religious significance. The Cistercians, however, needed good farming land within which to place their abbey, and appear to have been successful in their negotiations with the king. The end result was the establishment of a monastery a little further west at a place then called Little Fordell. Today this is known as Melrose.
Melrose Abbey in the Scottish Borders
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Traces of the Past is a recurrent photo challenge that happens every month, and this is the fourth year it has been running. Next month you’ll be able to participate in Traces of the Past in Black and White for one of the two Black & White Sundays. You are free to choose whatever traces of the past you can find. It does not have to be a distant one, or rich in history; it can be something personal, or it can even have a human form. Just make sure to post for it before next Thursday and to link to this blog. Wishing you all a special and happy Thursday!
Posted on September 21, 2017
“Historic Scotland calls Hermitage Castle an eerie ruin, and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland calls it the most perfect example of a medieval castle in the Borders. It is both.”
I am too lazy today to write a few sentences about this beautiful castle/ruin that I visited briefly during my last holiday. Instead, I am offering a link to an article that might satisfy your curiosity.
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Traces of the Past is a recurrent photo challenge that happens every month (one month in colour as part of Thursday’s Special and the following month in black and white as part of Black & White Sunday). You are free to choose whatever traces of the past you can find. It does not have to be a distant one, or rich in history; it can be something personal, or it can even have a human form. Just make sure to post for it before next Thursday and to link to this blog. Happy Thursday!
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