“A Mystical View of the Interior of a Ruined Church”

Lots of people have told me they love the cover design of The Big Book of Christian Mysticism. I had nothing to do with it. Thankfully, I like it too. It’s not perfect, but it’s perfect enough (just like the book itself). After so many people told me how much they liked it, I asked my contact at my publisher where the image came from. It actually is a royalty-free image from an online stock photo supplier, so I ponied up the money necessary to buy the rights to use it on my website. So here it is…

Unfortunately, the supplier will not forward requests for more information to the photographer, so I am unable to find out where the image was originally shot: the name of the church, its location, etc. The only information that came with the photo was this title: “A Mystical View of the Interior of a Ruined Church.” So that’s all I know about it. The photographer’s portfolio also includes a similar image shot at a church in Sardinia, so I’m thinking this may well be from somewhere in sourthern Europe or even in the Mediterranean. But I’m just guessing. If anyone online can confirm where this site might be, I’d appreciate it…

UPDATE: I kept poking around online, and have found this same image listed on a European stock photo site, fotolia. This sheds some more light (pardon on the pun) on the image: the photographer is named Francesco Pirrone, and the image is identified as a “Ruined Italian church.” My confidence over eventually learning where this image actually comes from is increasing…

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About Carl McColman

Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.

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  • Jenifer Grove

    I just googled the title and it came up with a copyright.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/carlmccolman/ Carl McColman

    Does the copyright list the email address or other contact information of the photographer?

  • Tana

    Love it.

  • InfiniteWarrior

    Second Tana. ;)

  • Joanna

    I love it…but I wonder why it is in ruins… :(

  • Ellen

    I googled the title too and found a similar image, with the building NOT in ruins, at Shutterstock Images, says it’s
    “Interior view of the Monasterio de Piedra, in Zaragoza province.” Copyright: Jose AS Reyes
    Release information: N/A

    Hope that helps! I appreciate your blog!

  • Ellen

    Oops, I looked at the images again, and this probably is NOT the same place. Sorry!