Saturday, 7 February 2009

St Teilo's church

As promised in an earlier post I now have the pictures of the medieval church we visited at St Fagans National History Museum near Cardiff. We were completely amazed to see the finished paintings inside this lovely little church that had been lovingly relocated and restored at the museum, this is what it looked like when they found it, you can read the rest of the story here.



And this is what the outside looks like today.



We had seen the start of the paintings inside the year before, so when we entered the church last year and saw the finished work we were thrilled and astounded at the result. Apparently most medieval chuches were decorated like this as the majority of the congregation couldn't read and often the serman was give in Latin anyway, so the pictures had to tell the story, like this one.



And this one.



This is what the inside looks like from the back wall.



And then of course there were all those wonderful patterns just waiting to be used in a future art work









And lastly.......



If anyone is in the vicinity this little church is so well worth the visit and to make things even better, the museum itself is free to enter as it's funded by the Welsh government.

8 comments:

hippopip said...

Great photos Sharon and fantastic clarity

Shirley Anne Sherris said...

Hi
A wealth of inspiration here - a whole project!!!

Aussie Jo said...

Amazing restoration. I wonder if those paintings have germanic origins? Many years ago we stayed at a guest house near Melbourne owned by an eccentric german lady who had the most amazing paintings all over the dining room. Even had a starry sky. Love the 3D frieze.

Carol said...

Fab photo's i have to go back for a visit soon, did it loads as a kid, need to go back with a grown up eye. Is it a medieval church???

Carol said...

Lovely photo's and a great subject? I need to go back with a grown up eye as i really loved it as a child, went loads! Mum often demo's lace making there. Is it a medieval church???

Heather said...

What a transformation from the first picture of the church and what delightful paintings. I love medieval art and you have a wealth of inspiring material there. Your photos are so clear we can see all the detail. Thank you for sharing this with us and for your kind comment on my blog.

Julie said...

What a beautiful building and the paintings are, as you say, inspirational.

The word verification is Basmati! lol

Laura said...

What lovely pictures. Thanks Sharon. Wales is high on the list of places I want to visit, especially that book village - wye on hye or something!