Monthly Archives: June 2014

Salisbury, Wells, & East Meon, England

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Salisbury Cathedral Trinity Chapel

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Salisbury Cathedral

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Salisbury Cathedral

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Salisbury Center

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Salisbury

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Wells Cathedral

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Wells Cathedral

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Wells Cathedral

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Wells Town Center

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All Saints Church, East Meon

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All Saints Church, East Meon

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Pictish Stones

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The Nigg Stone is an incomplete Class II Pictish cross-slab, perhaps dating to the end of the 8th century. The stone was originally located at the gateway to the grounds of the parish church of Nigg, Easter Ross. It is one of the finest surviving Pictish carved stones, and one of the most elaborate carved stones surviving from early medieval Europe. Replica on display at Groam House Museum in Rosemarkie, Scotland

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The Hilton of Cadboll Stone is a Class II Pictish stone discovered at Hilton of Cadboll, on the East coast of the Tarbat Peninsula in Easter Ross, Scotland. It is one of the most magnificent of all Pictish cross-slabs. The central panel of the stone shows a hunting scene. A woman wearing an ornate broach rides on horseback. She is accompanied by two other riders and two people on foot playing trumpet. Three dogs are bounding beside them. Replica on display at Groam House Museum in Rosemarkie, Scotland

Tree of Life - Groam House Museum in Rosemarkie, Scotland

Tree of Life – Groam House Museum in Rosemarkie, Scotland

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Pictish Key Patterns – Groam House Museum in Rosemarkie, Scotland

Pictish Key Patterns - Groam House Museum in Rosemarkie, Scotland

Pictish Key Patterns – Groam House Museum in Rosemarkie, Scotland

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British Museum and Crystal Skulls

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Although the crystal skull was said to have come from ancient Mexico, in fact it was acquired shortly before 1881 by the French antiquities dealer, Eugène Boban, when he was based in Paris. Five years later, having failed to sell the carving in Paris or Mexico City, Boban sold the skull to the New York jewellers Tiffany and Co, from whom more than a decade later, it was acquired by the British Museum. Analysis of inclusions in the quartz crystal indicates that the large block of material was obtained in the nineteenth century, probably from Brazil or Madagascar.

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British Museum

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Crystal Skull in Averbury Circle

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Crystal Skull in Averbury Circle

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Crystal Skull in Averbury Circle

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Mitchell Hedges Skull and Synergy, “Native legends speak of crystal skulls as an inheritance from ancient times. Said to “talk and sing” they are believed to carry messages for all mankind, including what may be discovered when we overcome our fear of death.” ~Sherry Whitfield, guardian of Synergy

 

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Stonehenge Galore

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Stonehenge

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Stonehenge

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Stonehenge

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Stonehenge

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Stonehenge

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Stonehenge

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Stonehenge

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Stonehenge

 

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Stonehenge

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Stonehenge

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Stonehenge

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Stonehenge

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Stonehenge

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Stonehenge

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Glastonbury, England

Glastonbury, England

Glastonbury, England

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Glastonbury

Glastonbury

Town Center

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Glastonbury Abbey

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Jack Stagg The figure from the medieval market cross, now on display in the Abbey museum.

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Egg Stone

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Glastonbury Abbey

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Glastonbury Abbey

Chalice Well Garden - Glastonbury

Chalice Well Garden – Glastonbury

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Joseph of Arimathea stained glass at St. John’s Church, Glastonbury

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Joseph of Arimathea

Chalice Well Garden - Glastonbury

Chalice Well Garden – Glastonbury

Glastonbury Tor

Glastonbury Tor

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Glastonbury Tor

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Tor

Glastonbury house

Glastonbury

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New Grange, Ireland

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New Grange

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New Grange

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New Grange

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New Grange

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Knowth, Ireland

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Knowth

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Knowth

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Knowth

Knowth Waves

Knowth Waves

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Rosslyn Chapel

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 Rosslyn Chapel

 

 

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Rosslyn Chapel

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Rosslyn

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Rosslyn Chapel

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Rosslyn

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Inverness, Findhorn & Clava Cairns, Scotland

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The High Street, Inverness, Scotland

Town House, The High Street, Inverness

Town House, The High Street, Inverness

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Findhorn

Findhorn

Findhorn

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Clava Cairns

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Clava Cairns

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Clava Cairns

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County Meath, Ireland

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County Meath, Ireland

Spire Restaurant in Duleek

Spire Restaurant in Duleek

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Celtic Cross and possibly a High Cross

Cross is at an old church that's converted to the Spire Restaurant in Duleek

Celtic Cross in old church yard (converted to the Spire Restaurant) in Duleek

This may be a High Cross.  I didn’t see a grave.  According to Bernd Biege,

“High Crosses were used to mark a sacred space and declare adherence to the Christian beliefs. Basically it’s a sign saying “Here be Christians!”, but also “This is hallowed ground, keep its peace!”

High crosses were also used as a focal point of celebrations – out of necessity one might say. The classic layout of the early monastic settlements included a church, a cross and (if funds permitted) a round tower – the latter’s door oriented towards the first’s entrance, with the cross in the middle. And the church was usually too small for even a modest congregation. Which meant that the huddled masses had to attend mass al fresco. Gathered around the cross.

But not all High Crosses were of an ecclesiastical nature – some seem to have been connected to territorial rights, marking a market place for instance. Others were erected to commemorate an important event or person.

The only use High Crosses were not put to was … as an actual grave marker.”

 

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Loughcrew

Loughcrew

Loughcrew

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Hill of Tara

The Lia Fáil (Stone of Destiny) atop the Hill of Tara, County Meath

The Lia Fáil (Stone of Destiny) atop the Hill of Tara, County Meath

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Mound of Hostages

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Hill of Tara – Mound of Hostages

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New Grange

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Pisa & Florence, Italy

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Leaning-tower-of-Pisa

Michaelagelo's David - Florence

Michaelagelo’s David – Florence

Basilica di santa maria del fiore in Florence

Basilica di santa maria del fiore in Florence

Basilica di santa maria del fiore in Florence

Basilica di santa maria del fiore in Florence

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Rome

Colleseum - Rome

Colleseum – Rome

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Colleseum

Colleseum

Colleseum

Colleseum

Colleseum

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Rome

Victor Emmanuel Monument -Rome

Victor Emmanuel Monument -Rome

Victor Emmanuel Monument -Rome

Victor Emmanuel Monument -Rome – AKA, The Wedding Cake

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Rome

Museum - Castel-santangelo-aka-Hadrians Mausoleum

Museum – Castel Santangelo aka Hadrians Mausoleum

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Capitoline Hill

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Black Forest, Germany

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Black Forest

Black Forest

Black Forest

Black Forest

Black Forest

Black Forest

Black Forest

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Cologne, Germany

Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral

Shrine of the Magi - Cologne Cathedral

Shrine of the Magi – Cologne Cathedral

Shrine of the Magi - Cologne Cathedral

Shrine of the Magi – Cologne Cathedral

Cologne, Germany

Cologne, Germany

 

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English Architecture

Big Ben

Big Ben

Parliament

Parliament

London

London

Bed & Breakfast - Wiltshire

Bed & Breakfast – Wiltshire

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Bed & Breakfast – Wiltshire

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Alton Barnes White Horse

Camelot Castle Hotel at Tintagel

Camelot Castle Hotel at Tintagel

Longleat House, Warminster

Longleat House, Warminster

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Longleat House, Warminster

Breamore House - Hampshire

Breamore House – Hampshire

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Breamore House – Turf Labyrinth

White Cliffs of Dover

White Cliffs of Dover

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

Situated on the north bank of the Thames near Tower Bridge, 'Girl with a Dolphin' was created by artist David Wynne in 1973.

Situated on the north bank of the Thames near Tower Bridge, ‘Girl with a Dolphin’ was created by artist David Wynne in 1973.

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Marlborough, England

Devizes

Devizes, England

 

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Stonehenge

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

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Stonehenge

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

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Avebury, England

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Silbury Hill near Avebury

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West Kennet Long Barrow near Avebury

Avebury Stone Circle

Avebury Stone Circle

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Avebury

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Avebury

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Avebury

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Averbury Circle Center

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Egyptian Temples

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Temple of Horus at Edfu

Sokar Funerary Bark relief from Temple of Horus at Edfu

Sokar Funerary Bark relief from Temple of Horus at Edfu

Falcon-headed Horus - at Edfu

Falcon-headed Horus – at Edfu

Temple of Horus at Edfu

Temple of Horus at Edfu

Karnak Temple Complex

Karnak Temple Complex

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Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg Castle

Heidelberg Castle

Heidelberg Castle

Heidelberg Castle

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Heidelberg Castle

 

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French Architecture

Sacred Coeur

Sacred Coeur

Theatre de l'Opera

Theatre de l’Opera

Theatre de l'Opera

Theatre de l’Opera

Obelisk-and-fountain-in-place-de-la-concorde - Paris

Obelisk and Fountain in Place de la Concorde – Paris

Arc-de-triomphe - Paris

Arc de Triomphe – Paris

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Norte Dame Cathedral

Norte dame cathedral - Paris

Norte Dame Cathedral – Paris

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower - Paris

Eiffel Tower – Paris

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Hotel de Ville, Paris

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