Illumination … Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

St George

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This is my entry for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness Week 13.

One of my favourite activities when travelling in Europe is to visit the great cathedrals and other beautiful places of worship ~ the Sagrada Famlia nestled in the heart of Barcelona among them.

Originally designed by famed Catalonian architect, Antoni Gaudi, and with construction beginning in 1882, this amazing edifice is slated for completion around 2026.

Though the interior is not yet finished, for a fee tourists are able to go inside and see the miracle unfold. The Sagrada Familia is an expiatory project which is to say the building of it is completely funded by private donations and the millions of visitors who flock to see it every year.

I featured several images from my visit some time ago in a weekly photo challenge. This is one of my favourites.

The Sagrada Familia is well worth some of your time if you’re ever in beautiful Barcelona.

Thanks for visiting,

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti, All Rights Reserved 2014

Hiroshima Peace Memorial … Hiroshima, Japan

In our travels we’ve been fortunate to see many beautiful monuments.

Never have I been moved more, perhaps, than on our visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial which documents and commemorates the terrible events that occurred in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.

A tour of the detailed museum, a wander through the beautiful, peaceful gardens and a quiet moment spent by Atomic Dome was a sobering awakening to the cruelty and destruction war can bring to so many in such a short period of time.

I am not prone to political statements but I will say this … to coin a phrase, we need to be the peace we wish to see in the world if we are never to experience, or witness, a repeat of such a devastating event, or anything like unto it.

 

 

Peace be unto you …

Thank you for visiting,

Dorothy

©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

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Shout Outs

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Inside Salisbury Cathedral

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

I have a passion for ancient structures. To me there’s something magical about a place that has stood the test of time.

Salisbury Cathedral happens to be one of those places.

We had the good fortune to visit the cathedral for an afternoon last fall. It was a particular thrill for me as I’d just finished reading Sarum ~ the epic historical novel by Edward Rutherfurd documenting the history of the area, including the construction of this impressive religious structure.

If you’re interested in learning more about Salisbury Cathedral, which was consecrated at this site in 1220 and boasts the highest spire in England (at 404 ft/123m) visit the History page of the cathedral’s official website.

Thanks for stopping by …

Dorothy 🙂

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

Shout Outs

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Detail … Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Daily Prompt: Details

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Details

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Thanks for visiting,

Dorothy 🙂

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013

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A Gargoyle’s Hallowe’en

Scream

Tis spirits dark

For whom I scream

From abbey walls

On Hallowe’en.

Not welcome here

To fear and fright,

Be gone, thou ghouls,

Farewell, goodnight.

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Happy Hallowe’en …..

Broo ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ….. 😉

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Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013

Perfect Symmetry … Yorkminster, York, England

York Minster Chapter House

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When I visit England one of my favourite activities is to visit the great churches.

Where permitted I like to photograph inside.

I never use flash. First, I wish to demonstrate my respect for the sanctity of the building.

Second, there is already such beautiful light available that using flash would only disturb it.

In this image I’ve captured the beautifully ornate ceiling of the Chapter House at Yorkminster.

I marvel at the beauty; the artistry; the workmanship; the efforts it would have taken to create a ceiling on such a grand scale several hundred years ago.

Perfect symmetry.

Just how did they do it?

What’s even more incredible is that it’s still here for all of us to enjoy.

And I share my vision of it with you …

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013

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Perfect in its Imperfection … Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire, England

Bolton Abbey

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No roof.

No windows.

No doors.

But …

A form.

A story.

A life.

Perfect.

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We all get older. Things happen to us. Things change us. The true measure of our character is how we respond to what we experience.

Will it make us, or break us?

When I encounter the ancient places; the broken ones, I am reminded that as I get older and my body begins to breakdown that I am more than the sum of my deteriorating parts.

I am not the greying roof of my head, the fading windows of my eyes or the creaking hinges of my joints.

The incredible spirit I am fills a form of flesh and blood that embodies the story which is my life.

A life filled with joy, sorrow, pain, peace, suffering, love, rapture, sadness, anger, understanding, curiosity, confusion, grief, success, imperfection, mistakes, misjudgement, beauty, glory … and on.

But it is my life; my story and, for all its imperfections, like this ancient and broken abbey … it is perfect.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013