|Photo from Wikipedia|
|The Keep from Allen's flickr stream|
|Chapel behind plexiglass so there is a glare|
The other part of the castle that I just found fascinating was the chapel. It was built around 1250. The idea that something both so lovely and so old was just striking. I am sure that it was used for all manner of less than holy purposes (a murder hole is just off to the other side and, later, gunports were added). But, there was also this wonderful sense that the sun had shone in the same way, through those same stones, on holy promises we still make today in the forms of baptisms and weddings and maybe even a knighting or two. Vows were spoken, prayers said, hopes were laid and candles were lit for almost a 1000 years, right where I was standing. Rather appropriately, this is the only carved stonework remaining in situ in the entire castle.