Valle Crucis near Llangollen in North Wales

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Last week I visited Valle Crucis, a 13th-century Cistercian abbey in North Wales. The religious community was dissolved in the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII in the 15th century.

It’s a beautiful site. Surviving features include the abbey fishpond, vaulting on the chapter house ceiling, weather worn tracery around some doors, steps leading up to a now vanished pulpit, and a cupboard where books were kept!

If you visit on a day trip, keep in mind that the abbey isn’t very big so you will need to plan somewhere to go afterwards.

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