One of the most famous landmarks in Scotland, Stirling Castle dates back to the twelfth century. In times of peace, Scottish royals held court there. But in times of war, the area in and around the castle became a center of conflict. Near the castle’s perch atop a massive volcanic rock, are the sites of William Wallace’s 1297 victory against the British at Stirling Bridge and Robert Bruce’s 1314 victory at Bannockburn.
Built in 1600 by the Lord of Shetland, this tower house castle still stands strong in the town of Scalloway on Mainland, the largest island of the Shetlands in Scotland.
When you enter the front door of this well-preserved defensive structure, the main direction to go is up, up, up — toward living quarters and eventually to the battlements on top.
This charming structure on Australia’s southeastern coast is a lighthouse no more, but preserved as a historical monument. I love technology, especially sustainable solutions to human problems. However, I have to admit my nostalgia when I think that now there is a solar-powered light in front of the original structure that efficiently emits three white flashes every 18 seconds. Where’s the romance!
The bridge across the river in this Chinese provincial capital city is a fitting image for today’s challenge, which has the theme “circles”. To see all of today’s entries, go to Leanne Cole Photography. Better yet, if you like making monochrome images, read the details on Leanne’s post and join us next week!
These arched stone windows have been preserved as part of a 13th century walled church in Kilmalloch, Ireland. Through the windows you can see the top of a round tower, possibly a former sentry tower or belfry, which is built into the surrounding wall. To see all the entries in today’s challenge, go to Leanne Cole’s blog. Thank you again, Leanne, for curating and hosting this interesting challenge!
One can catch a glimpse of this striking church from any spot in Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavik. It is a Christian church of the Lutheran denomination, also known as the Church of Iceland. One of the city’s most famous landmarks, it stands 73 meters (244 feet) high. This image is my contribution to this week’s challenge, hosted by Australian photographer Leanne Cole.