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St Cwyfan's Church in wales once stood on the mainland, but centuries of the sea's erosion leave it now standing on an island.

Dating back to the 12th century, St Cwyfan's Church is a Welsh church in Anglesey that has been battling the sea for nearly a thousand years. Originally built at the end of a peninsula separating two bays, centuries of the erosion have eaten away at the land behind it until it now is on the tidal island of Cribinau accessible via a man-made causeway.

With the church getting more and more inaccessible it was replaced with a new structure further inland. Over the following years it soon fell into disrepair losing its roof and much of its walls. The little church would have soon fallen into the sea and been forgotten if not for the work of a local architect near the end of the 19th century. The architect, Harold Hughes collected money to restore the structure and build a seawall around it and so it still stands today. 19th century crowdfunding at its finest!

This photo is a stitch of several vertical frames shot at 85mm.

Anglesey, Wales, UK, 2017

Sony a7R Mark II with Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM
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  • Taken: Apr 15, 2017
  • Uploaded: Jan 29, 2018
  • Updated: Jan 30, 2018