Monmouthshire, Wales

Tintern Abbey, Monmouthshire, Wales

Cistercian Monks

Tintern is by far the most spectacular Abbey ruin in Wales.  It stands in idyllic settings on the banks of the River Wye, one of the most unspoilt areas of the UK.

Tintern was the second Cistercian house to be founded in Britain, in 1131.  As time passed the Cistercian Order began to forget about their precepts of austerity and the Abbey Church was rebuilt in massive style between 1270 and 1300.  It is this Abbey that forms the bulk of today's ruin.  Much of the Abbey stands to it's full height, although most of the non-church buildings are in a lesser condition.

The approach to the village down the A466 from the south gives an unforgettable view of the great ruin sitting in the river valley.  One of the great sights of Wales.

Tintern Abbey is owned by CADW, the Welsh Heritage office.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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