Tintern Abbey, a Cistercian abbey, founded in 1131, in the Wye Valley. The Cistercian monks (or White Monks) who lived at Tintern followed the Rule of St Benedict. The abbey buildings of today represent a 400 year period of building with the Great Church being built between 1269 and 1301. 400 years of monastic life came to an end in 1536 when Abbot Wyche was forceed to surrender the abbey to the king.

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Tintern Abbey