Wednesday, 25 March 2009

J is for...

Jedburgh Abbey
When I was in Scotland last year we had to visit this Abbey. It's in a small village called Jedburgh halfway between Edinburgh and the Scottish/English border. The Abbey was built in the twelft century and destroyed during border wars between Scotland and England in the sixteenth century. It has remained as you see in this photo ever since (well, they cleaned it up a bit). Apart from the scaffolding on the left side of the abbey of course, that was there because of works to the remaining building.
Was it worth the visit? Yes, it was, but probably not for the amount of money they asked. After all, most people were in and out in under twenty minutes! However, since it was the last day, most people didn't really mind that much I think, because they just wanted to go home...
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15 comments:

Sylvia K said...

An interesting looking old abbey and this is a great shot! Thanks for the history, too. That always makes the photos more interesting, I think!

richies said...

I would loved to have been there to tour the old Abbey. You did a great job of capturing the photo.

An Arkies Musings

Carol said...

I love old buildings and this one must have been impressive in its day. Love that cute header shot!

Tumblewords: said...

That must have been such a beautiful building when it was in its heyday. Thanks for sharing...

Grace and Bradley said...

Surprise me they ask money for visiting, but must be interesting to be inside. Thanks for sharing and thanks for visiting our blog and nice comment.

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Oohh it looks a bit scary!

Have a great J day

Tyra

leejatta said...

I have been in Scotland one year a long time ago and we went every weekend to visit some old castle or Abbey or ruins of something - great historical buildings and architecture there.
This is very good "J" post, thank you!

Life with Kaishon said...

What a beautiful building though. I love it!

spacedlaw said...

Looks like a fabulous place.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Nice photo. Too bad so many buildings have gone into disrepair but I'm pretty sure the money you were charged to see it will go towards the upkeep of the ruins. At least you came away with photos!

Janie said...

that's quite an impressive structure. Great photo!

Jay said...

A good one for J though, isn't it?

It looks kind of creepy, the way the windows are empty and you can see right through it. Nice shot!

Anvilcloud said...

Visiting such monuments to the past would be great although there's a limit to what I'd pay.

pictureeachday said...

Ohh, it is a shame it was destroyed, but I guess seeing it in the state it's been left in gives you a real appreciation for the history of the area. Your shot of it is gorgeous.

Celeste said...

I love seeing old buildings with so much history, especially when they are lovingly preserved to tell their story, as this one clearly is.