Dysart Carmel

Where is Dysart?

If you look at the map of Britain and let your eye travel to Scotland - on the east you will see the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh, famous for its castle and its annual festival. Around fifteen miles to the north, over the river Forth, is the town of Kirkcaldy in Fife, and Dysart is now counted as part of Kirkcaldy.

It is of very ancient origin and is a Royal Burgh, but as often happens the little old village has been superseded by the newer sprawling town.

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Dysart is a small picturesque village on the northern shore of the Firth of Forth in Scotland, not far from Edinburgh. It is a fascinating little town, rich in religious and historical significance. From a distance can be seen St. Serf's Tower, overlooking the Firth of Forth. This is part of the ancient ruins of St. Serf's Church, near which used to stand the old Dominican Monastery. Nearby are the caves, where in about 500 A.D. St. Serf prayed and fought against the devil; tradition has it that the saint was victorious and never again may the evil one triumph in that district. The name Dysart means desert, and this is thought to be derived from the prayerful solitude which St. Serf sought and found in these caves. The caves were used for centuries as a place of worship, rough seats being carved out of the natural hollows in the rock. There is evidence of its being known as the Chapel of the Holy Rood in the 16th century. St. Serf's cave is now part of the private property of the Carmelite nuns in Dysart, and is not open to the public.

Beautiful churches in England

Throughout its complex history, England has always been a significant center for spirituality. Whether you are interested in the church life, or you are in need of new tourist attractions for your holiday trip, the country has plenty of ancient churches and beautiful cathedrals for you to visit. From architectural wonders to the tranquility and lovely sounds nature has to offer you in the countryside, you will never be tired to explore some of the best places in the area.

Britain offers you a wide collection of sacred buildings with a great history heritage. Some of them are featured in marvelous literature works or Hollywood films. One of the most visited churches by the international tourists is the London’s Westminster Abbey. This gothic church is over seven centuries old and has been a home to the British monarchy coronations, royal weddings and funerals. With stunning paintings, monumental sculptures, stained glass windows and many artifacts, Westminster Abbey is definitely a must-see.

St Paul's Cathedral is another iconic religious building. One of the largest cathedrals in Europe, St. Paul’s was founded over 300 years ago and it will surprise you with its Baroque interior and the impressive height of the dome. Do not waste your Saturday on http://www.camplace.com and discover the dome’s Whispering Gallery and its popular acoustics. Climb higher to the Stone Gallery and enjoy breathtaking views over London, or head down to the crypt where many heroes are buried.

An important destination for most pilgrims is the Canterbury Cathedral, where beauty meets holiness. The church is famous for the tomb of St. Thomas Becket and its magnificent architecture. Built in 602 AD, Canterbury Cathedral is a surviving example of the English Romanesque and Gothic styles and reflects its importance with lots of treasures and medieval stained glass windows, which show biblical scenes and saints. Today, it continues to be a center piece in the country’s Christianity.

Gloucester Cathedral is a widely-known location that has been used in the “Harry Potter” movies and many other. Finished over six centuries ago, Gloucester is a medieval masterpiece of Christian worship. Its architectural style mirrors all the periods this church has survived through from the Norman nave, pillars and arches to Perpendicular Gothic details. With medieval chests and glass, figurative carvings, monuments, cloisters and a calm oasis, Gloucester Cathedral is certainly a place you will remember.

Take a captivating journey through the walls of the Gothic York Minster. Although there is evidence which point to much earlier times, the present building was built between the 13th and 15th centuries. The popularity of the cathedral is attributed to its medieval glasswork, stone gems from the nation’s rich past and open spaces filled with heavenly music. In the underground chambers, you can find unexpected stories and discover the treasures’ significance through interactive galleries.

Located in the heart of London, Westminster Cathedral stuns with its impressive neo-Byzantine style exterior of red and white with gold, and the splendid ceilings, mosaics and marble interior. Visitors will enjoy the choral tradition, the reliquary of the martyr St John SouthWorth, the daily services. As England is filled with numerous religious sites, it is up to you to choose the pilgrimage places or sightseeing ones that catch your imagination and interest.