Melrose Abbey, Borders

Melrose Abbey, Borders, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on Melrose Abbey  in the Scottish Borders, about 40 miles south of Edinburgh.
The founding of Melrose Abbey on its current site (superseding a previous building located about two miles away) was inspired by King David I of Scotland in 1136 AD. The Abbey was built by a group of Cistercian Monks from Rielvaux in Yorkshire, England. Construction is believed to have taken ten years.
Because the Abbey enjoyed Royal favour it continued to flourish despite suffering damage in the Anglo-Scottish wars and being rebuilt in the 15th century. It fell into ruin after being ravaged by English soldiers and Scots Protestants. The last monk died in 1590.
The Abbey is noteworthy for:

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