The magnificent ruin of Melrose Abbey in the Scottish Borders.
I don't usually write any words with my Sunday Photo post but this week I thought decided I would because this incredible abbey deserved them.
Unfortunately, when we were passing through Melrose the abbey wasn't open to the public so therefore this is the nearest I could get to take photo's.
More facts about the abbey:
Melrose Abbey is a magnificent ruin on a grand scale, with lavishly decorated masonry.
It dates back to 1136 when it was founded by King David 1 and was the first Cistercian monastery in Scotland.
The exterior of this magnificent ruin is decorated by unusual sculptures, including hobgoblins, cooks with ladles and a bagpipe playing pig.
The abbey grew rich on the wool trade suffered through the Wars of Independence and was substantially rebuilt in 1380's. It continued in use as an abbey until the Protestant Reformation of 1560. After that, the existing monks were allowed to stay on: the last one died in 1590.
Another interesting fact is the abbey is the supposedly, the burial place of Robert the Bruce's heart, which is marked with a commemorative carved stone plaque.
When the abbey is open visitors can also visit a small museum housing a display of artefacts found within the abbey.
Maybe I will return when it is open to the public to take close-up photographs.
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Enjoy your Sunday everyone and thanks for stopping by.