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No Photography Please by Heaven`s Gate (John)

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The Nave of Durham Cathedral, North East England. The sign reads “NO PHOTOGRAPHY” ! My heart sank…… but when I enquired at the information desk I was told that if I went to the Admin Office and pleaded a good case, I might be allowed……………….so off I went and was given a very sympathetic hearing by a very friendly young lady, and hey presto, for a fee, I was granted a days licence to take photos ! I had to wear a purple sash and felt very smug when the staff kept rushing up to all the other tourists , telling them that photography was “NOT ALLOWED !” For an external view of the West Elevation, please link below : http://ift.tt/1Nl0gP6

Old Sana'a 2013

يارب في مثل هذه الأيام غابت عنا صنعاء اللهم ردها إلينا ردا كريماً اللهم إنَّا اليمن وديعتك تحت رحمتك فألطف بقلوب الأرامل واليتامى والجرحى واجبر فقيرنا وانصر مظلومنا وأطفئ الفتنة ووحد كلمتنا على الحق

اللهم يا راد كل غائب رد أوطاننا إلينا واحفظ قدسنا من كل سوء ❤️

Roofless Rievaulx by Heaven`s Gate (John)

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Rievaulx Abbey - England, (founded in 1132) is a former Cistercian abbey, headed by the Abbot of Rievaulx, located in the small village of Rievaulx (pronounced ‘Ree-voh’), near Helmsley in North Yorkshire. With time it became one of the great Cistercian abbeys of Yorkshire, second only to Fountains Abbey in fame. Rievaulx Abbey eventually became one of the greatest and wealthiest in England, with 140 monks and many more lay brothers, receiving grants of land totalling 6000 acres (24 km²) and establishing daughter houses in England and Scotland. The Abbey was dissolved by King Henry VIII in 1538. At that time there were said to be 72 buildings occupied by only an abbot and 21 monks, attended by 102 servants, with an income of £351 a year. Henry ordered the buildings to be rendered uninhabitable and stripped of any valuables such as lead.