Capturing History Challenge Week 15

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Welcome to Week 15 of the Capturing History Challenge, an boy have we got some treats in store for you this week. As always each image has a unique historical connection which I so look forward to reading about every week. Kicking off this time round we start of in India, to visit a Temple in the Kurukshetra region where the ancient warrior Bhishma Pitamah died. Then we return to Cambodia and visit the stunning Temple of Ta Prohm in Siem Reap Province. Next its of to Paris France to see the final resting place of Jim Morrison in the famous Pere Lachaise Cemetery. Then we head back to the Emerald Isle for our final two destinations. Continuing on with famous graves, our first stopping point is the little hidden treasure that is the ruins of Oughterard Church and Round Tower. But we are not here for the ruins as this contains the grave of the man responsible for one of Ireland’s biggest exports. Then we end our journey for this week in Co. Wicklow with the Penal Tower in Baltinglass. I hope you enjoy them all, please feel free to comment or better still. You can join in the weekly challenge and share an image of your own. Details of which can be found at the end of this post.

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1. Bhishma Pitamah, India. By Rajiv Chopra  @ RajivChopra

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2. Ta Prohm Temple, Angkor, Cambodia. By Phil Platt  @WheresPhil

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3. Grave of Jim Morrison, Pere Lachaise Cemetery, France. By Cybele Moon  @RuinesOfTheGatekeepersDaughter


4. Grave of Arthur Guinness, Oughterard, Kildare, Ireland. By Ed Mooney  @EdMooneyPhotography


5. Penal Tower, Baltinglass, Wicklow, Ireland. By Ed Mooney  @EdMooneyPhotography

Tucked away in a not so easy to find graveyard in Kildare there are the ruins of a little country Church and what remains of a Round Tower. Unknown to me at the time within the grounds of the church, was the final resting place of a man responsable for possably one of Irelands best known exports. Arthur Guinness, creator of the Black Stuff, a Stout which is so well known all over the world. When I came accross his gravestone I had to stop and look again. This was the last place I would have expected to find Arthur, although the Guinness family did hold lands in the area and I later found out that he had begun his brewing activities nearby, before moving to the famous St. James Gate in Dublin, where Guinness is still brewed. To find out more click HERE.

Finally, just a short stroll up the Hill from Baltinglass Abbey, located in the middle of St. Josephs graveyard on Chapel Hill, we find a solitary Bell Tower which dates from the Penal times in Ireland. As its name suggests their one may have been a chapel here but it no longer exists. Click HERE so see more

And so thats it for another week. As always I really have to thank each and every contributor whom has made this challenge possible by submitting their images. If you would like to know more about the individual sites please click the link under the image and visit their site. Many have posted about their image and I am sure that they would love to hear from you and answer any questions you might have. If you would like to join in on this challenge, please read on…………

So here is how you too, can join in;

The plan is quite simple, each Wednesday I will be posting an image of a random site with a heritage connection. Any images sent in will be included in the challenge along with your name and a link to your site. Full credit is given to each participant. The joy of this challenge is that we can all participate and share our images whilst raising the awareness of our own particular History and Heritage. The image can be anything from an old Church or Castle, to a Battlefield or Neolithic tomb, the choices are endless. And you can capture the image on any device you choose to. It can be in colour, black and white or any variation. The important thing is that we share.

And so to make sure that the challenge runs smoothly here are a few notes on how to participate:

  • All images must have been taking by you, there is no time restriction on this and you retain the copyright for your images
  • Images should be submitted via email by no later than midnight GMT on the Sunday before so I can ensure the challenge is ready to be posted on the Wednesday morning. My email address is
  • You don’t have to even have to be a WordPress blogger. This challenge is open to everyone, please include your name and a link back to your blog, website or social media page.
  • Images should be kept at low resolution with the largest side at 1000 pixels or less, if you need help with this you can pm me.
  • Once the challenge is published I will delete all files and mails from that week .
  • Each contributor should write a small piece about their image on their blog, for readers to check out, or at least the history behind the shot by adding  to the comments of each challenge.

About edmooneyphotography

Photographer, Blogger, Ruinhunter, with an unhealthy obsession for history, mythology and the arcane.
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16 Responses to Capturing History Challenge Week 15

  1. jfwknifton says:

    As always, a really interesting blog post. I feel that Arthur Guinness’ descendants may have missed a trick with that gravestone. Some nice black slate, perhaps, topped with a band of brilliant white quartz. Well, just an idea…..


  2. Ali Isaac says:

    That’s a very unassuming doorway to Mr Guinnesses tomb, isn’t it? Although I do love the colour. I would have expected something far grander.


  3. Great shots this week. Kudos for yet another great week…


  4. my post is up and running Ed lol! I was a bit late as is my wont lately!! Great post as always and I will be checking all the submissions!!


  5. beetleypete says:

    Another nice selection, Ed. If I ever win the lottery, I must make that journey to Cambodia!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  7. PS Did the Guinness family own that area in Wicklow around “Guinness” Tay Lough?


  8. TanGental says:

    Has to be Jim doesn’t it? Just for the memories


  9. Oh, and BTW: thanks for stopping by my blog for the Japanese aesthetics post(s). I appreciate the view!

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  11. Penal Tower and Guinness toss up for me this week Ed!!

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  12. wheresphil says:

    I love that Penal Tower as well !! Thanks Ed

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  13. Love your site! Thanks for the like!

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