Friday, June 16, 2006

Architecture Week - Saint Mary's Studley UK

Today marks the beginning of architecture week in the UK. I'm predominantly an architectural photographer so I thought that I would celebrate the week with a series of images which I just simply love.

I do have an upshot tick - ie I just love to take wide angled shots of architectural detail and this one is no exception. This is a beautiful church which is now desanctified and in the hands of English Heritage. It was built at a huge cost and no expense spared for the 1st Marquess and Marchioness of Ripon as a memorial to their son who was murdered whilst on a tour of Europe. The architect was William Burges a remarkably eccentric Victorian architect. All over the interior he has left signs of his presence such as carved mice and birds.

Go see at the Fountains Abbey World Heritage Site. An average church cost £15,000 to build at the time - this one cost £50,000. Sumptuous. This is a shot of the Chancel ceiling which is based upon a building in Padua Italy - it represents the Glory of Heaven.

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