I had barely raised the camera to start photographing the interior of the great cathedral at St Davids before a gentleman approached and told me that I could not… or, at least, not without paying for a permit. Now, I know that these ancient churches cost a good deal to keep standing and pay for their conservation, but I have a problem with those that demand exorbitant entry fees before forcing a ‘no photography’ rule on unsuspecting visitors. Especially when they quote ‘copyright’ as the reason; I fail to see how something the best part of a thousand years old can still enforce copyright law.
St Davids, however, is more than reasonable… no entry fee is charged, donations are at the discretion (and therefore within the means of) visitors and the photography permit costs next to nothing. I paid without a qualm and wandered around with my official ‘photographer’ badge proudly displayed on my chest… until someone kindly pointed out that I was wearing it upside down.
Somehow, though, that seemed to fit. Little at St Davids seems to be quite ‘right’..at least not if you are looking for straight lines and accurate angles; the cathedral building bears the scars of a long and troubled life. Building began around 1181 and the Norman arches of the nave are typical of that period… each differently decorated with carvings. The ceiling would normally be vaulted stone, but between the collapse of the tower in 1220 and the damage caused by an earthquake damage in 1247/48, the 15thC wooden ceiling is kinder…
Continue reading at France & Vincent
These are real treasures and are full to the roof with history we must remember.
Like you say, if they don’t charge an entry fee, the must charge for something – these must survive
I really don’t mind paying a little to help
LikeLiked by 1 person
Ditto – even when I was a poor traveling student, I tried to leave something figuring it was more important to feed the building than having snacks myself.
I am far happier being able to do that than paying huge entrance fees… and it makes the gift personal
LikeLiked by 1 person
Oh my gosh that first picture is glorious. I love church stained glass. How nifty, you got a photographer badge. At least someone was nice enough to help you get it upright.
Good post friend.
I spend a lot of time photographing churches and their stained glass… or I did, until COVID locked their doors.