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Valle Crucis Abbey

Valle Crucis Abbey

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Sitting peacefully in the fields beneath Llangollen's steep green mountains, lies the ruins of Valle Crucis Abbey. The 13th Century ruins, once inhabited by Cistercian Monks, still retain many original features including the glorious west front complete with an elaborate, richly carved doorway, beautiful rose window and 14th century inscription which reads 'Abbot Adams carried out this work; may he rest in peace. Amen'.

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Valle Crucis Abbey

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Sitting peacefully in the fields beneath Llangollen's steep green mountains, lies the ruins of Valle Crucis Abbey. The 13th Century ruins, once inhabited by Cistercian Monks, still retain many original features including the glorious west front complete with an elaborate, richly carved doorway, beautiful rose window and 14th century inscription which reads 'Abbot Adams carried out this work; may he rest in peace. Amen'.

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  • Recommended Time Here 1 hour
  • Location Valle Crucis Abbey, Llantysilio, Llangollen LL20 8DD
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Other well preserved features include the east end of the Abbey (which overlooks the monks' original fishpond) and lovely Chapter House with its striking rib-vaulted roof. But Valle Crucis is not just a lesson in medieval ecclesiastical architecture.

A visit to this fascinating site evokes the lives of the Cistercian monks - successful sheep farmers and enthusiastic supporters of Welsh culture as well as devout men of religion.

Seven centuries later and the abbey is one of the best preserved in Wales. Even the monks’ fishpond is still full of water!