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Valle Crucis Abbey
photographed at the turn of the 19th century
Valle Crucis Abbey is in North East Wales, near Llangollen. Just as in the case of Tintern, the abbey was founded in a remote location particularly suitable for the Cistercian order. Valle Crucis was founded in 1201 but some rebuilding of the church was necessary after a mid 13th century fire. 

 Following the Dissolution of the Monasteries under Henry VIII, Valle Crucis gradually fell into decay. Fortunately, enough of the fabric remains to remind us of the spiritual aspirations of our forebears.

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