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Tintern Abbey, "still standing on the banks of the River Wye, nearly 500 years since the Reformation.

It was founded in 1131 by Cistercian monks, who were happy to make do with timber buildings.

A simple stone church and cloisters came later. But then, thanks to the patronage of wealthy Marcher lords, the white-robed monks began to think bigger.

In 1269 they began to build a new abbey church and did not stop until they had created one of the masterpieces of British Gothic architecture.

So grateful were the monks to their powerful patron Roger Bigod that they were still handing out alms on his behalf in 1535. But by then King Henry VIII's English Reformation was well underway.

Only a year later Tintern surrendered in the first round of the Dissolution of the Monasteries and the great abbey began slowly to turn into a majestic ruin.
(cadw.gov.wales)

Silvio and Lousat have recently shared pictures of a Cistercian abbey in Italy, which reminded me of Tintern.

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