allthingseurope:

Krakow, Poland (by Simon Whitfield)

allthingseurope:

Krakow, Poland (by Simon Whitfield)

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bluepueblo:

Foggy Day, Kirkjubøur, Faroe Islands
photo via bobby

bluepueblo:

Foggy Day, Kirkjubøur, Faroe Islands

photo via bobby

(via newenglandprepster)

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allthingseurope:

The Blue Grotto, Malta (by nokkie1)

allthingseurope:

The Blue Grotto, Malta (by nokkie1)

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allthingseurope:

Cahir Castle, Ireland (by Zaffiro&Acciaio: Marco Ferrari)

allthingseurope:

Cahir Castle, Ireland (by Zaffiro&Acciaio: Marco Ferrari)

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enchantedengland:


mysticjones: Chepstow Castle by stʲuːwɐt (non-rhotic) Chepstow, Wales

enchantedengland: Chepstow Castle (Welsh: Cas-gwent), looms and broods atop a cliff across the River Wye which separates England and Wales. It’s a huge place, much larger inside than it looks, fantastically atmospheric and praised by intrepid travellers. It is also 12 miles from Tintern Abbey, so there’s your day out; and you can’t beat the price (£4.50)

enchantedengland:

mysticjonesChepstow Castle by stʲuːwɐt (non-rhotic) Chepstow, Wales

enchantedengland: Chepstow Castle (Welsh: Cas-gwent), looms and broods atop a cliff across the River Wye which separates England and Wales. It’s a huge place, much larger inside than it looks, fantastically atmospheric and praised by intrepid travellers. It is also 12 miles from Tintern Abbey, so there’s your day out; and you can’t beat the price (£4.50)

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allthingseurope:

Midhope Castle, Scotland (by Cthonus)

allthingseurope:

Midhope Castle, Scotland (by Cthonus)

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archaicwonder:

Dun Carloway, Isle of Lewis
Dun Carloway is a remarkably well preserved broch which was probably built some time in the 1st century BC,. Radiocarbon dating evidence from remains found in the broch show that it was last occupied around 1300 AD.

archaicwonder:

Dun Carloway, Isle of Lewis

Dun Carloway is a remarkably well preserved broch which was probably built some time in the 1st century BC,. Radiocarbon dating evidence from remains found in the broch show that it was last occupied around 1300 AD.

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archaicwonder:

Hore Abbey, Ireland
Hore Abbey (also known as St. Mary’s Abbey of the Rock) sits both literally and figuratively in the shadow of the mighty Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary. Although the Rock of Cashel is one of the most visited heritage sites in Ireland, very few spend the extra time on a short walk to visit the wonderful Abbey below. The abbey is a Cistercian monastery, and most of the visible remains date to the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.  Local legend has it that the Abbey was given to the Cistercian order in 1270 AD, as the Archbishop of Cashel, MacCearbhaill, had a dream that the Benedictines (who were the original owners of the site) were plotting against him. He drove the Benedictines from Cashel, and invited the Cistercians to take their place.
The last Abbot of Hore Abbey was Patrick Stackpole, he had held the position for several decades, but peacefully surrendered the Abbey to the Crown Forces during the Dissolution of the Monasteries circa 1540. The lands were granted to the powerful Butler Family, and were eventually transferred again by Queen Elizabeth I to Sir Henry Radcliffe, Earl of Sussex.
photo by BillH-GSACC

archaicwonder:

Hore Abbey, Ireland

Hore Abbey (also known as St. Mary’s Abbey of the Rock) sits both literally and figuratively in the shadow of the mighty Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary. Although the Rock of Cashel is one of the most visited heritage sites in Ireland, very few spend the extra time on a short walk to visit the wonderful Abbey below.

The abbey is a Cistercian monastery, and most of the visible remains date to the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.  Local legend has it that the Abbey was given to the Cistercian order in 1270 AD, as the Archbishop of Cashel, MacCearbhaill, had a dream that the Benedictines (who were the original owners of the site) were plotting against him. He drove the Benedictines from Cashel, and invited the Cistercians to take their place.

The last Abbot of Hore Abbey was Patrick Stackpole, he had held the position for several decades, but peacefully surrendered the Abbey to the Crown Forces during the Dissolution of the Monasteries circa 1540. The lands were granted to the powerful Butler Family, and were eventually transferred again by Queen Elizabeth I to Sir Henry Radcliffe, Earl of Sussex.

photo by BillH-GSACC

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allthingseurope:

Meteora, Greece (by Cretense)

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allthingseurope:

Meteora, Greece (by Cretense)

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archaicwonder:

The Ghost of Wicked Jimmy, The Gloomy Earl at Lowther Castle
Sir James Lowther, 1st Earl of Lonsdale (1736 – 1802) was known by many well earned nicknames: the Toadstool Earl, Jimmy Grasp-All, Gloomy Earl, and Wicked Jimmy. When his mistress suddenly died, it is said that he kept her body as company, refusing to acknowledge her death, for several weeks. He is said to have dressed her corpse himself and often dined with her decaying body seated next to him.  She was only buried after the servants complained of the smell.
Wicked Jimmy died on 24 May 1802, and it is said that on the anniversary of his burial, his spectre can be seen driving his carriage at break-neck speed through the grounds of Lowther Castle. For a wonderfully written article about Wicked Jimmy go here.
In the late 17th century John Lowther, 1st Viscount Lonsdale rebuilt the family home, then known as Lowther Hall, on a grand scale. The current building is a castellated mansion which was built by Robert Smirke for William Lowther, 1st Earl of Lonsdale between 1806 and 1814, and it was only at that time that Lowther was designated a “castle”. The family fortune was undermined by the extravagance of the 5th Earl of Lonsdale, a famous socialite, and the castle was closed in 1937. During the Second World War, it was used by a tank regiment. Its contents were removed in the late 1940s and the roof was removed in 1957. The shell is still owned by the Lowther Estate Trust.
Lowther Castle is in the historic county of Westmorland, which now forms part of the modern county of Cumbria, England.
photo by tommy martin

archaicwonder:

The Ghost of Wicked Jimmy, The Gloomy Earl at Lowther Castle

Sir James Lowther, 1st Earl of Lonsdale (1736 – 1802) was known by many well earned nicknames: the Toadstool Earl, Jimmy Grasp-All, Gloomy Earl, and Wicked Jimmy. When his mistress suddenly died, it is said that he kept her body as company, refusing to acknowledge her death, for several weeks. He is said to have dressed her corpse himself and often dined with her decaying body seated next to him.  She was only buried after the servants complained of the smell.

Wicked Jimmy died on 24 May 1802, and it is said that on the anniversary of his burial, his spectre can be seen driving his carriage at break-neck speed through the grounds of Lowther Castle. For a wonderfully written article about Wicked Jimmy go here.

In the late 17th century John Lowther, 1st Viscount Lonsdale rebuilt the family home, then known as Lowther Hall, on a grand scale. The current building is a castellated mansion which was built by Robert Smirke for William Lowther, 1st Earl of Lonsdale between 1806 and 1814, and it was only at that time that Lowther was designated a “castle”. The family fortune was undermined by the extravagance of the 5th Earl of Lonsdale, a famous socialite, and the castle was closed in 1937. During the Second World War, it was used by a tank regiment. Its contents were removed in the late 1940s and the roof was removed in 1957. The shell is still owned by the Lowther Estate Trust.

Lowther Castle is in the historic county of Westmorland, which now forms part of the modern county of Cumbria, England.

photo by tommy martin

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