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The Ruins of St. Mary's Abbey by Ella Derbyshire

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Ella Derbyshire Ella Derbyshire
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$6.00 to $871.00
0.17 Gigapixels
Date added
May 02, 2011
Date taken
Apr 11, 2011

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

architectural, travel

The York Abbey, Saint Mary's is a grand ruin in the Museum Gardens of York, England. In its heyday this was a busy Benedictine Abbey. In addition to religious pursuits, the Abbots and the monks who lived here were active in trade, politics and other secular activities.

There has been an Abbey on this site since 1055 when the Vikings, who ruled York at that time, built an Abbey dedicated to Saint Olave, the Patron Saint of Norway. In 1088 Alan Rufus, who received most of present day Yorkshire from William the Conqueror, laid the cornerstone for a Norman church here. The remains of the both the Viking Abbey and the Norman Church have disappeared with time.

Construction of this much larger Abbey began in 1271 and ended in 1294. In the centuries that followed, York Abbey, St. Mary's became the wealthiest, most powerful Benedictine house in Northern England.

In 1539 Henry VIII closed the monasteries in England, and the 150 or so clerics and nuns who lived here were forced to seek other homes and jobs, and the wealth of the Abbey was seized by the king. In the years that followed, this once great Abbey fell to disuse and decay.

The Museum Gardens and the ruins are popular with tourists and with local residents who wish to enjoy a quiet afternoon. Today you can see some tourists conveniently providing scale for this panorama. The 28 individual images were recorded with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II and stitched with Autopano Giga 2.5.

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