Tintern Abbey was founded in 1131 by Cistercian monks, it was then a timber building. The majestic roofless stone architecture we see nowadays, was started in 1269 and lasted for decades. The abbey fell into ruin in the 16th Century with the English Reformation under the reign of King Henry VIII. Tintern, Monmouthshire, Wales, United Kingdom.
Tintern Abbey’s dreamlike gothic beauty have attracted poets and painters as early as the 18th Century. Nowadays, it is a stopover for tourists visiting the picturesque Wye Valley. It is situated in the County of Monmouthshire in Wales, on the right bank of the Wye River. At this location, the Wye River forms the border between Wales and England. Tintern, Monmouthshire, Wales, United Kingdom.
Tintern Abbey was the first Cistercian foundation built in Wales. The Cistercian Order was founded in 1098 at the abbey of Cîteaux, France. Tintern Abbey, Monmouthshire, Wales, United Kingdom.
The ruins of St. Mary’s Church are at a short distance from Tintern Abbey. The church was destroyed by fire in 1977. Tintern, Monmouthshire, Wales, United Kingdom.