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Llangollen, Valle Crucis Abbey, Innner view of the West end

Llangollen, Valle Crucis Abbey, Innner view of the West end

Llangollen, Valle Crucis Abbey, West front, Chapter House and Inner Grounds

Llangollen, Valle Crucis Abbey, West front, Chapter House and Inner Grounds

Llangollen, Valle Crucis Abbey inner remains

Llangollen, Valle Crucis Abbey inner remains

 

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High resolution old and contemporary photographs of Churches and other places of Worship in Valle Crucis (Valley of the Cross) (Page III) in the county of Denbighshire (Sir Ddinbych) in North Wales, part of the United Kingdom.

Llangollen, Valle Crucis Abbey, Chapter House and remains of the accommodations

Llangollen, Valle Crucis Abbey, Chapter House and remains of the accommodations

The west front which was built in the 14th century, has a carved inscription (photo right top) which translates as "Abbot Adams carried out this work - may he rest in peace - Amen".

Valle Crucis (meaning Valley of the Cross) takes its' name from the nearby 'Eliseg's Cross', which was erected sometime in the 9th century to honour Eliseg, the King of Powys, and was therefore in existence about 400 years before the erection of the Abbey that takes its' name. All that now remains of the Cross is a pillar, and the one time inscription is now difficult to see.

The Abbey - which was of the Cistercian Monastic Order - was built in the year 1201 under the patronage of Madog ap Gruffydd Maelor - the Prince of Powys Fadog - who died in 1236 and was laid to rest in the Abbey.

Like all Cistercian Monasteries it was built in a secluded location, and few places could rival the natural beauty of this peaceful valley, where the monks raised sheep and grew all their own vegetables and fruits.

Valle Crucis Abbey is the best preserved Cistercian Monastery in the United Kingdom, and when I visited in late February 2009 extensive repairs were being carried out to the dormitories etc, and there was no entry to those parts, which expains why I have taken no photos of that best preserved part of the Abey.

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Llangollen, Valle Crucis Abbey West Front Doorway

Llangollen, Valle Crucis Abbey West Front Doorway

Llangollen, Valle Crucis Abbey West Front Inscription

Llangollen, Valle Crucis Abbey West Front Inscription

Llangollen, Valle Crucis Abbey, Chapter House - the upper part of which were the monks dormitories

Llangollen, Valle Crucis Abbey, Chapter House - the upper part of which were the monks dormitories

Llangollen, Valle Crucis Abbey, Chapter House Entrance

Llangollen, Valle Crucis Abbey, Chapter House Entrance

Llangollen, Valle Crucis Abbey, Chapter House

Llangollen, Valle Crucis Abbey, Chapter House

Llangollen, Valle Crucis Abbey, one of the Chapter house rooms

Llangollen, Valle Crucis Abbey, one of the Chapter house rooms

 

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