The Root Of Northern Christianity

The ruins of Lindisfarne Priory. A monastery was set up at this spot in 634AD by Saint Aiden, an Irish monk from Iona, one of the Scottish Isles. This makes Lindisfarne Priory one of the earliest Christian settlements in England.

The actual stonework erections here date from the 1100s, making the ruins nearly 1,000 years old. Like most abbeys, monasteries, and priories, Lindisfarne Priory was disbanded and its wealth taken in accordance with Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries from 1536. The building largely survived until about 1780, then soon fell into decay.

One of the standout features of the ruins of Lindisfarne Priory is the poetically named “Rainbow Arch”, which I chose as the focus of this composition. It is the lone surviving rib of the former crossing vault. I couldn’t help but keep touching all the stonework around the ruins as I was waltzing for compositions. The sense of awe and human history of this place filled me with wonder.

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