Tintern Abbey is located in the village of Tintern, situated on the banks of the Rivery Wye between Monmouthshire, Wales and Gloucestershire, England. The abbey was established in the year 1131 by the Cistercian monks, who followed the Rule of St. Benedict and had pledged themselves to a life of poverty, obedience, chastity, silence, prayer, and work.
Now, almost a thousand years later, Tintern Abbey lies in spectacular ruins. Where monks once prayed, worked, and lived, now modern-day tourists may explore and marvel at the solemn silence of these medieval remains.
Tintern Abbey, one of the most well-known examples of a decorated Gothic church, has been immortalized by the pens of William Wordsworth ("Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey"), Alfred Lord Tennyson ("Tears, Idle Tears"), and Allen Ginsberg ("Wales Visitation"). The Abbey is famous for its cruciform floor plan, aisled knaves, two chapels in each transept, and a square-ended aisled chancel.
The ruins of Tintern Abbey span a 400 year period, from 1136 to 1536. In 1536, King Henry VIII ordered the dissolution of the monasteries, and ended the monastic way of life in England and Wales. The monks are long gone, but this amazing peice of medieval architecture still stands, waiting to inspire and awe future visitors.
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