Looking Down on Rievaulx Abbey

Neal Petts

Tavistock, United Kingdom

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Rievaulx Abbey is a former Cistercian abbey headed by the Abbot of Rievaulx. It is located in the village of Rievaulx, near Helmsley in North Yorkshire, England.

It was once one of the wealthiest abbeys in England and was dissolved by Henry VIII of England in 1538. Its ruins are now a tourist attraction.
Rievaulx Abbey was founded in 1132 by twelve monks from Clairvaux Abbey as a mission centre for the colonisation of the north of England and Scotland. It was the first Cistercian abbey in the north. With time it became one of the great Cistercian abbeys of Yorkshire, second only to Fountains Abbey in fame.

The remote location was ideal for the Cistercians, whose desire was to follow a strict life of prayer and self-sufficiency with as little contact as possible with the outside world. The patron, Walter Espec, settled another new Cistercian community, founding Wardon Abbey, Bedfordshire, on one of his inherited estates, again on unprofitable wasteland,


Converted to B&W in Photoshop CS4

Sony a230
Sony DT 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 @ 90mm
ISO 100
1/25 sec at f/14

Featured in Yorkshire Photography
08 Feb 2011

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