Posts tagged ‘Monastery’

Kloster Andechs

The hilltop Benedictine monastery of Andechs was founded in the 10th century. Although it’s undeniably impressive, the overly ornate Baroque style interior is not to everyone’s taste………including mine I’m afraid. I find these type of elaborate, richly decorated interiors very difficult to photograph, as the subject/composition is almost always too busy to work effectively. For this reason I much prefer the simpler more austere Gothic form of church.

A pleasant surprise was to find that the remains of Carl Orff are interred at Andechs monastery. Orff composed one of my favourite pieces of classical music….the wonderfully dramatic Carmina Burana.

Andechs Abbey, Bavaria, Germany

Andechs Abbey, Bavaria, Germany

Andechs Abbey, Bavaria, Germany

Andechs Abbey, Bavaria, Germany

Andechs Abbey, Bavaria, Germany

Andechs Abbey, Bavaria, Germany

© Mark Simms Photography (2017)

Chester Cathedral Exterior

I’m ashamed to say that although I have visited Chester many times (living most of my life within fairly easy reach of the city) it was only a few weeks ago that I properly explored it’s Cathedral for the first time.

Originally the abbey church of an 11th Century Benedictine monastery dedicated to St Werburgh, the Cathedral has been extensively modified and restored over the subsequent 900 or so years. Here are a few shots of the exterior, which include the Garden of Remembrance for the Cheshire Regiment which sits within the Cathedral grounds:

© Mark Simms Photography (2014)


For our week in Andalucia we based ourselves in the town of Osuna, about half-way between Seville and Granada. Because it’s not really part of the main tourist trail, Osuna offers visitors the chance to sample a quieter, more “authentic” Andalucian experience. However because it’s fairly central, most of the region’s main tourist attractions are within fairly easy reach. It was the perfect place to stay, especially as it wasn’t without charms of its own, as I hope the following images demonstrate:

Sun Shades

Although not strictly necessary, given that we visited in September, the shady canopies hanging above the streets did offer some welcome relief from the strong Andalucian sun. To the locals it probably wasn’t strong at all….but to pale-faced North Europeans it was hot enough thank you very much.

Monasterio de la Encarnacion 2

A twilight shot of the monastery in the Plaza de la Encarnacion.

© Mark Simms Photography (2013)

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