Thursday, 13 October 2016

Rievaulx Abbey. Cistercian Monastery. Founded 1132. Powerhouse Of The North.



Rievaulx Abbey,
Yorkshire, England.
Building started in 1132
by twelve Monks
from Clairvaux, France.
Photo: 13 April 2014.
Source: Own work.
Author: Juliet220.
(Wikimedia Commons)


Rievaulx Abbey,
Yorkshire, England.
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Rievaulx Abbey,
Yorkshire, England.
Photo: 28 July 2006.
Source: Own work.
Author: Tilman2007.
(Wikimedia Commons)


"Mortal Flesh".
(Anonymous).
Arrangement: Christian Forshaw.
From the CD "Sanctuary",
by Christian Forshaw.
Available on YouTube at


Artist's reconstruction of the Monks in Choir,
Rievaulx Abbey,
Yorkshire, England.
Illustration: ENGLISH HERITAGE


The perfect accompaniment to Rievaulx Abbey.
Christian Forshaw's arrangement of "Me, me and none but me" by John Dowland.
From the CD "Renouncement", by Christian Forshaw and The Sanctuary Ensemble.
Grace Davidson - Soprano.
Christian Forshaw - Saxophone.
Alexander Mason - Organ.
Available on YouTube at


Rievaulx Abbey
in Winter.
Yorkshire, England.
Source: Unknown.
Author: Unknown.


"Te Deum".
5th-Century A.D., Solemn Monastic Gregorian Chant.
This would have been a regular daily part of
The Divine Office at Rievaulx Abbey.
Available on YouTube at


Rievaulx Abbey
at Dawn.
Photo: 2011.
Author: Antony McCallum.
Attribution: WyrdLight.com
(Wikimedia Commons)


"Magnificat".
By Christian Forshaw.
Andy Davey playing Alto Saxophone on this beautiful composition by Christian Forshaw.
The Choir is called "Sine Nomine" and it was recorded, with Christian's permission,
as part of an Evensong in Coventry Cathedral, England, in August 2008.
Available on YouTube at


Rievaulx Abbey,
Yorkshire, England.
Photo: 28 July 2006.
Source: Own work.
Author: Tilman2007.
(Wikimedia Commons)


Rievaulx Abbey,
Yorkshire, England.
Photo: 28 July 2006.
Source: Own work.
Author: Tilman2007.
(Wikimedia Commons)


Rievaulx Abbey,
Yorkshire, England.
Ruins of the former Cistercian Monastery.
Founded in 1132.
Photo: 15 November 2007.
Source: From geograph.org.uk
Author: Dennis Turner
(Wikimedia Commons)


Rievaulx Abbey.
Very atmospheric on a foggy Autumn day.
Photo: 15 October 2009.
Source: From geograph.org.uk
Author: Simon Palmer
(Wikimedia Commons)


"Nunc Dimittis".
By Christian Forshaw.
From the CD "Sanctuary".
Available on YouTube at


Once a magnificent construction,
by human hands,
to Adore and Glorify God.

AND NOW . . .


Rievaulx Abbey,
Yorkshire, England.
Ruins of the former Cistercian Monastery.
Founded in 1132.
Photo: 5 May 2012.
Source: Own work.
Author: Mandala Heaven.
(Wikimedia Commons)


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2 comments:

  1. An incredible building. Rievaulx Abbey and Tintern Abbey are both favourite places of mine. A great post, 'Z'

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  2. Many thanks, John, for your kind Comment. Delighted you approve of Rievaulx Abbey. Perhaps another Painting/Etching/Engraving/Drawing/Pen-and-Ink Sketching/Building idea for you, when you've got nothing else to do !!!

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