St. Peter’s Church Virtual Tour, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland

St Peter’s Church, Monwearmouth, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom

St Peter’s Church is the parish church of Monkwearmouth in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England. It is one of three churches that make up the Parish of Monkwearmouth; the others being All Saints Church and St Andrew’s Church, Roker. 

Home of the Venerable Bede in the 7th century AD, and part of the Anglo-Saxon Wearmouth-Jarrow monastery.

Northumbrian Saints

Many Northumbrian saints are connected with St. Peter’s Church along with the Venerable Bede, namely St. Hild, Abbess of Whitby, whom Bede describes as having entered convent life “on land to the north of the Wear”, and the abbots of the twin monastery: St. Benedict Biscop, the patron saint of Sunderland, St. Ceolfrid, St. Eosterwine, St. Hwaetbehrt and St. Sigfrid, and St. Lawrence, to whom a chapel was dedicated at St. Peter’s in the time of the abbots.

In what had been a promontory clifftop overlooking the north of the harbour and estuary of the River Wear, 60 hides of land were given by King Ecgfrith for Benedict Biscop to found the monastery of St. Peter in the name of the Archbishop Theodore of Canterbury in 673 AD. This was the beginning of a new project a movement to bring learning, culture and the Christian religion to the north of Saxon Britain.

This was the monastery on whose lands the Venerable Bede was born and it was here at Wearmouth that at the age of 7 he entered the schooling of the monastery. This was the time in the dark middle ages known as the Golden Age of Northumbria, when monastic communities spread from Ireland to Iona to Lindisfarne: from Rome via Canterbury to here.

 

The western wall and the porch and lower tower visible today date from the foundation and still stand as part of the St.Peter’s church where the Christians worship as in earliest times.

360-degree stock photo of Campo dei Frari, Venice, Italy

Campo dei Frari and Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari in Venice
This is one of the biggest chuches in Venice. Inside are some important works of art like two paintings from Tizian, who is also buried here. The construction of the church started in the middle of the 13th century. But it needed many changes and was finished around 1450.
Venice is a unique island city. Spread on 118 islands, it is the faszinating heritage of a very rich history. Since 1987 Venice is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But due to the unlimited mass tourism, the world heritage status is endangered. Especially the big cruise ships cause many problems with driving into the lagoon and flooding the city with tourists who don’t spend money for things which are free on board.

360-degree photo of Kizil Kilise – Red Church, Sivrihisar, Turkey

The Kizil Kilise (= Red Church) had been built in the 6th century. It is the best preserved early Byzantine church in Cappadocia which had not been carved into the tuff rocks. It has its modern name from the red stone it is made of. The Kizil Kilise is very close to the villige Sivrihisar. Sivrihisar is possibly the Byzantine village Arianzos, the birthplace of Gregor of Nazianz. In the 4th century Gregor was one of the most important theologians in the Byzantine empire and after his death probably buried in the area around the church. Later his bones were brought to Konstantinopel, then stolen by the crusaders in 1204 and returned in 2004.

360 degree panoramic image of Ponte Marcello in Venice, Italy

At its eastern end the Rio del Magazen flows into the Rio del Malcanton. Here is the bridge Ponte Marcello. At its north side the sun illuminates the Gothic Palazzo Marcello ai Tolentini. Built in the 15th century, it serves as a hotel today. The next builing on the left side is the white Palazzo Minotto ai Tolentini from the 17th century.
Venice is a unique island city. Spread on 118 islands, it is the faszinating heritage of a very rich history. Since 1987 Venice is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But due to the unlimited mass tourism, the world heritage status is endangered. Especially the big cruise ships cause many problems with driving into the lagoon and flooding the city with tourists who don’t spend money for things which are free on board.

360° panoramic image of Piazza del Duomo in San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy

San Gimignano is one of the most remarkable villages in Tuscany. There are still 15 of originally 72 medieval towers, representing the power of the families. The Torre Grossa is the highest of these towers and reaches 54 meters. It was built in 1311. The wealth of the village came from a trade road which connected Rome with northern Italy and the cultivation of saffron. Since 1990 San Gimignano is recognized as a UNESCO cultural heritage.

360 degree stock photo of Piazza della Cisterna, San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy

San Gimignano is one of the most remarkable villages in Tuscany. There are still 15 of originally 72 medieval towers, representing the power of the families. The Torre Grossa is the highest of these towers and reaches 54 meters. It was built in 1311. The wealth of the village came from a trade road which connected Rome with northern Italy and the cultivation of saffron. The Piazza della Cisterna is named after the well in its center and surrounded by medieval buildings. Since 1990 San Gimignano is recognized as a UNESCO cultural heritage.

360 degree image of Genuese Castle in Enez, Thrakia, Turkey

The small citiy of Enez is directly at the Turkish-Greek border. At ancient Greek times it was called Ainos and thanks to its habour it had become a rich town. Later Enez belonged to Pergamon and was inherited by the Romans. Justinian, emperor of the East-Roman empire, built a fortress. Later, under Niccolo Gattilusio Enez belonged a rich Genuese family, which had been accepted by the Emperor in Byzanz in 1379. After the fall of Konstantinopel 1453 Enez had been occupied by Sultan Mehmed II. personally. Today its a small and calm town with a little local tourism. Nearby are flat bays and salt ponds where you can see many different kinds of birds. And sometimes there are even Flamingos.

360 degree image of the City Center of Prague Early Morning

Half an hour after sunrise the square “Staromestske namesti” with the “Jan-Hus-Monument” in the city center of Prague is still empty. Surrounded by gothic and baroque houses, thousands of tourists visit this square every day. The city hall in the s/w corner gets the first sunbeams. The “Saint Nicholas Church” is partly scaffolded and behind the east side of the square the two towers of the gothic “Church of Our Lady before Teyn” rise 80m high. This is the first image of a series of three, showing this square early in the morning, in the late afternoon and at night after sunset.

360 degree image of Village of Bale, Istria, Croatia

Bale, Istria (Croatia), on the square between the flagged town hall and the white Palazzo Sorardo-Bembo. Bale is a small town with about 1300 inhabitants. A cooperative of the inhabitants saved the historic buildings from collapsing and restored many of them. The history goes back to Roman times with a few remains. The center is full of of medieval buildings and narrow paths. Officially the people speak two languages, Croatian and Italian. Also Bale is one of the places where the people speak Istriotic, a language which is endangered to be extinct.

360 degree image of the City Center of Prague late afternoon

In the early evening the square “Staromestske namesti” with the “Jan-Hus-Monument” in the city center of Prague is still full of people. Surrounded by gothic and baroque houses, thousands of tourists visit this square every day. The “Saint Nicholas Church” is partly scaffolded and behind the east side of the square the two towers of the gothic “Church of Our Lady before Teyn” rise 80m high. This is the second image of a series of three, showing this square early in the morning, in the late afternoon and at night after sunset.