Keith Lewis

Keith Lewis

Posted on 10/15/2010

Photo taken on October 10, 2010

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Rievaulx Abbey

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Autumn comes to Rievaulx

Autumn comes to Rievaulx
Being in denial about the end of summer but here is my first autumn shot. I feel slightly diffident about autumn photographs as my contacts from North America post such stunning ones. Autumn in England is a more muted affair. Still they cannot include a monastery from the middle ages in their shots so perhaps it balances out
Rievaulx Abbey was founded in 1132 by twelve monks from Clairvaux Abbey as a mission centre for the colonisation of the north of England and Scotland. It was the first Cistercian abbey in the north. With time it became one of the great Cistercian abbeys of Yorkshire, second only to Fountains Abbey in fame.
The remote location was ideal for the Cistercians, whose desire was to follow a strict life of prayer and self-sufficiency with as little contact as possible with the outside world.