Sunday, August 05, 2007

Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey was founded in 1132 by thirteen monks was to become the largest and richest Cistercian abbey in the country. The abbey operated until 1539 when Henry VII, following his break with Rome ordered the dissolution of the monasteries. At the time, these huge buildings were probably home to a mere 30 or so monks. So it was used for worship for 407 years and has been a ruin for 468. This is the view of the west door.
Looking to the east window along the nave.
The east end of the abbey. The tower is 15th century.
The abbey was built by and over the river Skell.

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