Just a couple of photos of Rievaulx Abbey which we visited today. Sitting deep in the valley with the steep Hambledon hills all around, the ruins are at their most 'picturesque'. I wonder what it really would have been like in its heyday. Noisy, smelly, people wandering in and out of the infirmary, pilgrims camped outside. There would have been animals as well, and all the accompanying noise of the abbey food kitchen, bells ringing. All happening in this deep secluded valley well away from the towns....
|surrounded by hills|
|The later nave|