The Ruins of Netley Abbey (1844)

Poets and artists love to use this location for inspiration – calling it a “Romantic Ruin”.

Where burn the gorgeous Altar’s lasting fires? Where frowns the dreadful Sanctuary now? No more Religion’s awful flame aspires! No more the Asylum guards the fated brow!

– George Keate

Carus, Carl Gustav. The Ruins of Netley Abbey in the Moonlight, 1884. Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain License. Keate, George. The poetical works of George Keate, 1781. Internet Archive, Public Domain License. Information from Wikipedia(CC BY-SA 3.0).