January 10, 2012

Church of Rodel, Outer Hebrides

Photograph by Jim Richardson, National Geographic

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The 15th-century church of Rodel on the Isle of Lewis, built for the warlike chiefs of the MacLeods, towers over the sea lochs of Scotland's Outer Hebrides. Nothing in early modern Britain, from its cities to its remotest corners, was more political than religion. The church in every parish—nearly always the most imposing building—was as much a symbol of worldly control as a shrine to God.

See more pictures from the December 2011 feature story, "The Bible of King James."

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K. Macleod
K. Macleod

Rodel church is actually situated on the Isle of Harris. Although Harris is connected to Lewis by land it is still considered to be a separate island. 

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