2008-10-31 11:18 am (UTC)
Fantastic pictures, as always. And the beautiful weather certainly doesn't hurt!
Yes, the abbey certainly isn't going to fall down any time soon with those buttresses.
I love the romanesque. Those early medieval buildings are like the work of giants.
2008-10-31 12:40 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous, as always!
Great pictures in the last couple posts. I want to visit someday. I have a friend who had been living here in LV that moved back home last spring. I have to start and England fund!
That church is incredible.
Yes, start saving those pennies....
You like big buttresses and you cannot lie?
Ready or not, here I come.....
Ooh, yes! That interior does resemble Durham. You really have a knack for finding interesting buildings.
There are a lot of early medieval churches in that part of Scotland. If we'd stopped at every one we passed I wouldn't be home yet.
The last picture makes it look so very eternal, powerful and abiding.
Dunfermline abbey was a ruin for many years. The southwest tower fell down, the central tower fell down, but then they slapped a new roof on the nave and it was practically as good as new.
The King sits in Dunfermline Town,
Drinking the blood-red wine,
O, where can I get a seely skipper
To sail this ship o' mine
See, even then you couldn't get a seely skipper for love or money, and look what that unfortunate omission led to ...but that's wha' ye get if you go a sailing beneath the New Moon with the Old Moon in her arms , I guess.
I guess Sir Patrick just wasn't seely enough.
...but then again, perhaps he was confused because he didn't know whether to be "seely" or "skeely", or whether to sail a "ship", or a "schip"?
If it hadn't been for good ol' Sir Patrick Spens I wouldn't have bothered visiting the town.
I was introduced to it in a bone-chilling performance by the native-American folk-singer, Buffy Saint-Marie, over 40years ago.