Tag Archives: Middle Ages

Advent Calendar – Door 21: The Churchyard Gate in Bunge

Bertil Berthelson, The Churchyard Gate in Bunge, 1941 Swedish National Heritage Board (Public Domain) When I first saw this photo, its almost poetic simplicity immediately appealed to me: There’s an empty lawn, a rough stone wall cutting across it, a … Continue reading

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Advent Calendar – Door 20: The Portal Reial in Poblet

The Portal Reial, Monestir de Poblet via Wikimedia Commons, by PMRMaeyaert (CC BY-SA) If Monday’s post was about photography’s artistic possibilities, today’s is all about its documentary capibilities. What you see in the above (and in the following) pictures may … Continue reading

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Advent Calendar – Door 17: St. John’s Gate in Clerkenwell

St. John’s Gate in Clerkenwell from: William Hickman Smith Aubrey, The National and Domestic History of England, London 1867; The British Library, London (Public Domain) St. John’s Gate in Clerkenwell, London, was built in 1504 as one of the entrances … Continue reading

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Advent Calendar – Door 14: The sacristy door in Vorau

Unknown photographer, The Church in Vorau (early 20th century?) Architekturmuseum der TU Berlin in der Universitätsbibliothek (CC BY-NC-SA) I was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled upon this old photo in the Europeana Collections. It shows the 15th-century sacristy door in … Continue reading

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Advent Calendar – Door 13: Candlelight Gate

The South Gate of Visby Cathedral, 1909 Swedish National Heritage Board (Public Domain) Long-time readers who know my medievalist background won’t be surprised to see yet another Gothic church portal appear in my Advent Calendar. I must admit, when I … Continue reading

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Advent Calendar – Door 11: Welcome to the Jamboree

Holger Damgaard, A Gate at the Second World Scout Jamboree in Ermelunden, 1924 National Library of Denmark, Copenhagen (CC BY-NC-ND) Let’s stay in Denmark for now, more precisely in Ermelunden, just outside of Copenhagen. It was here that in August … Continue reading

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Advent Calendar – Door 3: The cemetery gate in Maria Saal

Cemetery gate in Maria Saal K. u. k. Kriegspressequartier, Lichtbildstelle, 1918 Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Vienna (Public Domain) The photograph shows the gate to the fortified cemetery surrounding the church in Maria Saal, one of the finest and largest late Gothic churches … Continue reading

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