Fan Spot Fountains Abbey

Today’s Fan Spot image has been chosen by two people who have entered a competition to win a signed print.  Both have provided such wonderful feedback and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them very much.  It means a lot to me and good luck with the competition.

Fountains Abbey is one of the largest and best preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries in England. It is located approximately three miles south-west of Ripon in North Yorkshire, near to the village of Aldfield. Founded in 1132, the abbey operated for over 400 years, until 1539, when Henry VIII ordered the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Courtesy of Wikipedia.  Read more here…

Fountains Abbey

Julie Cook writes..

I have visited Fountains Abbey many times, but have never been able to capture its atmosphere. In such a vast site everyone finds their own pleasure in the place. In the day time it is busy with tourists and walkers but as the light fades at the end of the day, the shadows lengthen and the area becomes quiet, sad and ghostly. You can feel the memories and history seeping out of the arches, the broken floors. The grass belies the fractures, the blood, the history. Being able to have a stunning picture to remind me of these feelings, and my own memories would be awesome.

Webmaster of 365 Days of Horror writes..

I selected Fountains Abbey because of it is the embodiment of of sadness and loneliness. The still pond only reflects the empty and foreboding abbey in the background. The abbey lies straight ahead, but may as well be miles away.

The stark black and white colors mix into shades of gray with no color in sight. No modern sites to break you from the solitude. There is only you, still nature, and the unknown.

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