More Pics From Wales, Day 1 (13 June, 2009)

Wind turbines along the A494

I'm surprised to find I didn't take very many pictures of the cottage we stayed in until later in the week. I must have been just too exhausted to think to do anything but crash as soon as we arrived and sorted out who was sleeping where, so please enjoy some more pics of Rug Chapel.

Flower boxes along the fence leading to the gift shop/entrance to the Chapel grounds

Funky plant outside front door of gift shop

Rug Chapel

Baptismal font (note the writing is in Welsh)

The pews were carved from one piece of wood.

Detail in the molding. There's a different animal/figure in the center of each panel.

Stained glass windows on side wall

Wooden chandelier. My dad said "This place reminds me of New Glarus," which goes along with Tom and Sioban's theme that Wales is the Wisconsin of the UK. You can see the railing for the small balcony in the background.

Ceiling above the altar painted with stars and angels. You can barely make out the date painted on the crossbeam: 1637.

Beautifully painted crossbeam and fun squiggly painted ceiling

Chapel's exterior

My first pic of the Welsh countryside taken from the Rug Chapel parking lot

There are some more excellent pictures here. I have a real problem with lighting inside dark old buildings. The flash is too harsh and washes everything out (ie: the chandelier), but you risk not seeing anything at all (ie: the detailed carving along the sides of the pews) if you don't use a flash.

We didn't see nearby Llangar All Saints Church which I'm totally kicking myself for now. It's not easy to get to, and you do have to arrange for a key, so going on the same day as Rug was out of the question. We toyed with coming back on our way back to the airport, but there was just too much to do and see so it fell through the cracks. Llangor Church is a much older church, parts of which were built in the 15th century, and several of the features - including the wall paintings - have been preserved.

Including this one, painted in the 17th century:

Skeleton, with grave digging tools at the ready, holding an arrow aimed at the congregation.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I read through your posts, and it looks like you had a nice time. I obviously like those 2 skeleton pictures the most, they are too cool.
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