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Quiet Reflection

By Minty805
There has been an abbey in the Quarr area of the Isle of Wight since 1132. Some of the early monks were medically trained and ministered to Islanders, as well as tending to various other activities to help in the smooth running of the community.

The ancient building remained until the dissolution of the monasteries in 1536, when Henry VIII ordered its closure, and subsequent demolition, and the monks dispersed.

At the beginning of the 20th century, a group of French monks, unhappy with laws affecting their way of life in their homeland, came to the Island, initially to Appuldurcombe, near Ventnor, and bought Quarr Abbey House, near the ruins of the original building.

One of their number, Dom Paul Bellot, was an architect, and he designed a new monastery and church. Local builders started work in 1911 and finished in about a year, a feat which was rewarded with a dinner at Ryde Town Hall.

Dom Bellot had a great appreciation of aesthetics, as can be seen in the building today, which exudes a sense of warmth and calm. The interior of the church, pictured here, has lightly stained glass windows to alter the light as it enters the church at different times during the day. I have taken slight licence in adding the light rays, although the building appeared remarkably free of the dust which might have generated them naturally.

The Benedictine monks of today’s monastery attend to their devotions seven times a day, in-between performing their other roles in an existence which seems more insular than their distant forebears, but nonetheless maintains close connections with the wider community, as they welcome guests and host events such as art exhibitions.

They also gladly give guided tours, an activity I can thoroughly recommend for anyone interested in history, architecture and perhaps the study of a more thoughtful and philosophical way of life.

There is a comprehensive and fascinating website at quarrabbey.org which give many accounts, historical and current, of life and times at Quarr. Thanks for looking.


Tags: General Abbey Architecture Buildings

Voters: newbe2, LotaLota, rontear and 59 more

Comments


konig 2 14 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2019 10:46AM
Very strong image, Allan! Perfect framing and beautiful colours. Congrats!
Petr

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Chinga Plus
9 3 1 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2019 11:00AM
Beautiful interior and light caught...
Isabel GrinGrin
saltireblue Plus
9 10.2k 50 Norway
9 Aug 2019 11:42AM

Quote:as well as tending to various other activities to help in the smooth running of the community.

Including the process of brewing and wine-making.Wink
clicknimagine Plus
10 595 98 India
9 Aug 2019 12:20PM
Beautiful...
mac Plus
18 5 Scotland
9 Aug 2019 1:52PM
Quite an austere building internally but comes across as being homely and welcoming, probably what the architect intended. The added light ray also helps to break up it's symmetry.
Ian
9 Aug 2019 2:07PM
Very, very beautiful!

Arne Smile
dudler Plus
16 1.0k 1575 England
9 Aug 2019 4:42PM
The light makes the shot - as it usually does.
9 Aug 2019 6:27PM
beautiful light and serene mood Allan, greatly presented image in your interesting caption.

LorySmile
bliba Plus
14 2 Austria
9 Aug 2019 7:49PM
just wonderful
Minty805 Plus
3 33 6 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2019 9:15PM
Thank you for the kind comments and, especially, to Lory for her greatly appreciated award.
I’m a bit behind at the moment but have at last started to make a small inroad I like this image and you are quite right it exudes calmness and tranquility the colour tones lights and shadows all add to this and makes
a superb image

Carole
Minty805 Plus
3 33 6 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2019 3:02PM

Quote:I’m a bit behind at the moment but have at last started to make a small inroad I like this image and you are quite right it exudes calmness and tranquility the colour tones lights and shadows all add to this and makes
a superb image

Carole

Thanks for your comment, Carole, and for putting up the mod.
Allan
14 Aug 2019 8:57PM
Beautifully captured Allan and a great write up..Lin
A super trio Allan, love the light and atmosphere you have captured.

Ray
BobinAus Plus
4 2 10 Australia
18 Sep 2019 11:33AM
Glorious light that you’ve coaxed out of the small Oly sensor Allan. Superb capture!
Cheers,
Bob
Minty805 Plus
3 33 6 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2019 11:40AM

Quote:Glorious light that you’ve coaxed out of the small Oly sensor Allan. Superb capture!
Cheers,
Bob

Thanks for the kind comment, Bob. It was a simple but beautiful building, and, yes, Olympus do know how to make a camera that punches above its weight.

Best regards,

Allan
BobinAus Plus
4 2 10 Australia
19 Sep 2019 11:35AM

Quote:
Quote:Glorious light that you’ve coaxed out of the small Oly sensor Allan. Superb capture!
Cheers,
Bob

Thanks for the kind comment, Bob. It was a simple but beautiful building, and, yes, Olympus do know how to make a camera that punches above its weight.

Best regards,

Allan



You’re too modest Allan. My comment was about the photographer, not the camera. You’ve created a sublime photograph.
Cheers,
Bob

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