Pleasure of Ruins / 4 Rievaulx Abbey

My first two ruins in this series were abbeys, and here’s another one – the most majestic Cistercian abbey of Rievaulx in North Yorkshire. This time, I haven’t converted the images to monochrome as I think this place is best in colour.  I started at Rievaulx Terrace to see the place from above, and then wandered amongst these lofty ruins.

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  1. Love the colour version in these ruins photos!

  2. Nice work, Sue. That is one ruin that still evokes the majesty of the original building completely.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. This brought to mind Wordsworth’s wonderful poem on viewing some abbey. I think it was his, not certain, and don’t remember the name of the abbey. Oh dear. Aging.

  4. Thank you. As soon as I saw it, I remembered. Duh.

  5. Lovely ruins, and photographs unlike your usual. I love the view from above and the cross especially, but they’re all great photos.

    Here’s a quote from film-maker Claire Carré I’ve been saving for you:

    “It was important to me to shoot in real locations. The decay that nature brings to an abandoned space carries the weight of real time. That’s a kind of authenticity that can’t be recreated. Walking into these spaces you are moving dust on the floor no human has touched in years.”

    • Sue

      Glad you like these, Meg….5 years ago, when I could cover a lot more distance than I can now……I might do some monochrome conversions, we’ll see!
      Thanks for that quote, it’s brilliant! Those are the ruins I most prefer to see, but rarely do, and I’m unlikely to these days! Off the beaten track is no longer an option, I’m too sensible given my constraints

  6. Lovely, I need to go here, not too far away from me.

  7. My last visit to Rievaulx was in winter and it really did look as though it was in black and white as it was snowing! We parked above the ruin and couldn’t get in to wander around, which is probably just as well given how slippy it could have been. I like seeing it in colour, it looks much softer and welcoming in the sunshine, plus I love those shadows 🙂 (And you have reminded me I have a few castles and abbeys to write about)

  8. It looks too top heavy in some parts on it’s remaining spindly legs.

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  10. What an extraordinary place! I missed this post, so I am glad you mentioned it in your newer one. Stunning.

  11. Magnificent ruins! Love the views from the terrace.

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