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Posted on February 26, 2016 by Sioux under General
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My friend took a few days leave and on one of the days when he wasn’t driving me to doctors and hospitals, we went into North Wales. What stunning countryside!


It was quite something trying to make sense

of the Welsh language on the signboards!

Near a small town called Llangollen (pronounced Langochlan) we stopped off at the ruins of an old monastic abbey, Valle Crucis Abbey.


What a magnificent place this must have been, as even now lying in ruins, it is magnificent! Built in what was then a remote area, which was perfect for austere Cistercian monks, who deliberately sought out wild and lonely places.

‘Valle Crucis Abbey’ (Valley of the Cross – named for Eliseg’s Pillar, a 9th century Christian memorial cross which stands nearby, although we never found it). The abbey was built in 1201, with more building added on in the 14th century. The abbey was officially closed down in 1537, during Henry VIII’s dissolution of monasteries, and parts of it were later converted into a house.


The abbey has fared better against the ravages of history, time, neglect & the elements than many other similar buildings, it is sadly now merely an historical ruin.

The remnants of a staircase, set high up in the abbey walls still clearly visible.

The wooden stairs long since rotted away.

The view of the rolling hills from the windows were stunning. So serene. So clean. No wonder the monks chose this area in which to build their abbey.


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One response to “Historical beauty in the Welsh countryside”

  1. Yvonne Louw says:

    This must have been fantastic as you said. All the history would have been mind blowing as well

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