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Guarding the conquered kingdom by BricksandStones Guarding the conquered kingdom by BricksandStones
This is a view of the 11th century Norman castle and cathedral in Durham (UK) which after the conquest of England by William the Conqueror became the capital of an autonomous Norman principality established north of York on the borderlands between England and Scotland. This borderland realm was ruled by prince-bishops residing in Durham castle and played an important role in the defense of Northern England. The famous Battle of Neville's Cross between Scotland and England was fought near the city in 1346. Medieval Durham was located on a narrow peninsula surrounded by river on three sides so that the castle guarded the only road leading to the cathedral which was a major pilgrimage site where St. Cuthbert, St. Oswald and venerable Bede (famous chronicler and historian) are buried. The whole complex was never breached by an assault and today, together with two preserved medieval bridges it is a UNESCO site with some of the best preserved monuments of 11th century Norman architecture in Britain (although in later centuries gothic elements like pinnacles and large windows with tracery were added). It is also site of the third oldest university in England founded by prince-bishops after Oxford and Cambridge. The castle today is inhabited by students and serves as a college. I have been told many scenes of the Harry Potter movie were filmed here.
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bobswin Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Brilliant picture! I went by this on the train today and the sun was shining too (after a miserable winter)! :w00t:
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
I envy you that you got to travel though Durham - I used to take that train fairly often on the way between Durham and York or Newcastle. I really miss the north.... it is such a unique place! If only Durham University would hire more archaeologists :)
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GradyArt Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow you really captured it well. I really love historical castles and stoneworks.
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Thank you! I am very glad you like it! inside the cathedral there is a memorial commemorating one of George Washington's ancestors who was a dean of Durham's cathedral chapter (if I remember correctly) in the 16th C....Anyway, thank you once again for the comment - I appreciate it!
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TwouldStrainBelief Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I live here :) nice shot
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
You do? You are very lucky then :) (at least in my humble opinion). I did my BA and MA in Durham and I have some great memories from there... Thank you for the comment, I am glad this photo cought your attention!
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Steven-Chapman Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
From where did you take this shot? I have a 3ft high 5ft wide print taken in circa 1950 of this exact viewpoint but cant quite pinpoint it. Is it from the railway station bank?

This is fantastic!
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
Hi! Sorry for late response, I took it from a viewing platform located next to the main road from the railway station to the city's centre (north road). A lot of people make photos there so mine is not very original but the view is quite beautiful. I am glad you like it and thank you for taking your time to comment!
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calimer00 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
Great light, scene and composition. Certeinly an exciting place to live and study - amidst walls which bear the history of hundreds and hundreds of years. I would not be suprised if this place would have been used as a film set...
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
I am really glad you like the composition and light. Thank you! There are a lot of photos like this available online and certainly many of them are better than mine but I am quite happy with the light here…Also, thank you for taking your time to write a comment. I honestly appreciate this! If you are interested how the cathedral looks inside you can have a look at the concert which sting gave in Durham cathedral some time ago. Just type Sting in Durham in youtube or google. Anyway, once again thank you and sorry for late reply!
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TommyPropest-Candler Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional Photographer
Beautiful shot!
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
:) Thank you! I am happy you find it beautiful :) Durham is one of the places in England where tourists are allowed to enter medieval cathedral without paying for tickets. Especially in the evening it is a very special place! Thank you very much once again for taking your time to write another comment under my photos, I really appreciate every single one of them :)
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TommyPropest-Candler Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Professional Photographer
There is so much I would love to say about many photos, but honestly I am lazy when it comes to typing! But your work deserved the effort to make a comment!
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peterpateman Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice juxtaposition.
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
:) I am glad you like it! :) Thanks you! I know it may sound unprobable but weather in Durham is much better on avarage than in most other parts of the UK, especially the west coast :) There is a Norman chapel in the castle with some beautiful capitels and vaults. Between castle and cathedral there was a hospice for the poor and pilgrims, a school and a library. Anyway, thank you for taking your time to comment! I always appreciate it!
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fearless-frog Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great shot and interesting info. I've just finished reading the venerable Bede :) Love the Harry potter films too!
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
I am really glad you like it! Thank you :) Actually, if I remember correctly there was a story related to the tomb of St. Bede. Originally he was buried somewhere else (Jarrow?) but sometime around 11th century the monks from Durham acquired it by force to raise the splendour of their church. I may be wrong but certainly Bede was transported to Durham years after his death... I still need to read his work, did you like it? Once again thank you for taking your time to comment, I really appreciate it!
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fearless-frog Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem.
I know Bede spent most of his life at a monastery in Jarrow. According to the introduction in my book Bede's body was first laid to rest in the south porch of his monastery church, but was later translated to a place of honour near the altar.About the year 1020, a Durham monk named Aelred stole his relics and brought them secretly to Durham, where they were placed in the tomb of St Cuthbert.

There seemed to be a lot of that sort of thing going on in Bede's book too.

I did like the book on the whole though it got a bit repetitive, and a bit depressing at times. I persevered though as it was a fascinating document of a time long gone.
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AnIslander Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012   Photographer
This photo is AWESOME !!! A nice view, a nice city,clearly one of my favorite from your deviant. Good job. I defenitly have to read Bede's Ecclesiastical History !
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Awww.... I am very glad to hear that. I did my archaeology BA and MA in Durham. I used to walk by that cathedral every day on my way to lectures and it was there that my fascination with medieval architecture really kicked in. Therefore I have a very personal feeling about this place and I am particularly happy you like my photos of it. Thank you very much for this kind comment! I really appreciate it By the way I never really read Bede’s works, just some articles about it but never actual text, I think thats one if the things I also should do... Thanks again!
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AnIslander Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012   Photographer
You're welcome, "We can do great things with what we have in the heart". Maybe that's why this photo is so good.
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Zenoxen Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely! I wish I could go there!
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
I am happy you like it! I studied in Durham for four years and now I really miss this place. Therefore I am particularly happy that you like this photo :) Thanks a lot! Also for taking your time to comment on it! I really appreciate it!
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Zenoxen Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehehe...it's realy awsome!
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The-WrinklyNinja Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great shot, and I like the history commentary. Thank you! :D
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Even thou it sounds repetitive I am really glad you like it! Thank you and sorry for late response!
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The-WrinklyNinja Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem. Please don't feel obliged to answer every comment, or to rush to do it. If you feel it's worth commenting, that's Ok. If not, that's Ok too. :D

Thank you! :)
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LensLove78 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Student Photographer
Lovely shot!
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
I am happy you like it! Perhaps you will find it interesting that the architecture of one of the chapels in Durham cathedral called the Galilee chapel (visible below the main window of the western facade, between two western towers) was based on the Iberian models. The numerous columns inside were built to resemble the famous cathedral (former mosque) in Cordoba. Anyway, thank you for the comment and also, thank you for requesting this photo in your interesting group! I really appreciate it!
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LensLove78 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Student Photographer
:)
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AraujaPhoto Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing, what a shot ;) *
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Thank you! I am really glad you like it! Thank you also for taking your time to comment! Much appreciated!
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