Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Fountains Abbey {Travel Tuesday}

For this Travel Tuesday, I thought I would go back in time and share one of the spots I visited while in England. {If you missed the last few weeks of Travel Tuesday's just click here.}



When I was in England, we saw a lot of cathedrals. Like a lot a lot- I feel like it was the program's goal to make sure we could see as many cathedrals as possible! {A goal that I was perfectly okay with.} Some were still in use, and others had been destroyed and were no longer used for church services. All of the cathedrals were beautiful, but I think Fountains Abbey was among my top 5 that I was able to visit. 

Fountains Abbey is one of the largest and best preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries in England. It was founded in 1132 and was run for over 400 years. But in 1539, it was destroyed during King Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries. {Basically, because he was changing religions we had many of the Catholic monasteries destroyed.... good guy Henry VIII}


Currently, the abbey is owned by the National Trust and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was made a Heritage site for "being a masterpiece of human creative genius, and an outstanding example of a type of building or architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates significant stages in human history."














I thought Fountains Abbey was beautiful when I visited- I can't even imagine how it must of looked in its prime. If you are ever in the North Yorkshire area of England you should really stop by.

Happy Travel Tuesday Y'all!

FYI today is also the second month of the Friends Around the World link up brought to us by Brachel Boulevard and Treasure Tromp.


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22 comments:

  1. Such a beautiful place and amazing photos of it.

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    1. Thanks so much Tyana! I really did enjoy my trip there.

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  2. Your photos are just gorgeous! And I can see why it is a UNESCO site :)

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    1. Awww... thanks Amy- that means a lot to me. You know I didn't even know what UNESCO meant a couple months ago, but now I realized I have visited so many of their sites!

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  3. I can't believe something so old and ruined would look so beautiful. Great job capturing that.

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    1. Dee- That was my thought exactly! How is this place and it's grounds more beautiful than a lot of the newer buildings being put up today! Thanks for your comment!

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  4. Beautiful. I love the quote about it as well. It really is a masterpiece. Thank you for linking up and joining the blog hop today! Xx

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    1. The blog hop you and Nicole are doing is wonderful! I've found so many wonderful blogs through the link up. Fountains Abbey really is a wonderful place. I'm so happy to have had the opportunity to go there.

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  5. This makes me miss the UK so much! The blue sky and ruins beneath it... awesome.

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    1. I know! I miss the UK so much. While I love Korea, I can't wait to be in the UK again.

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  6. LOVE these photos! I fell in love with Minster Lovell, a little village in England's adorable Cotswolds area and during our tour we visited an old abbey that looked very similar to this one. So much history and beauty!!

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    1. Thanks so much! I never went to Minster Lovell, but I'm sure it's as great as everything else I was able to see while in England. Thanks so much for your comment.

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  7. There is nothing I like better than traipsing through medieval ruins! Visiting Tantallon Castle in Scotland was incredible and the child inside of me might have wanted to pretend to storm the castle.

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    1. Hahaha- when I was on my tour of the highlands in Scotland I kept running around screaming "You can never take my freedom" it was really fun. It's just amazing that there are all these wonderful pieces of history all around the world for us to explore.

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  8. As beautiful as perfectly maintained buildings are... I really have a soft spot for medieval ruins like these! Just gorgeous. Wishing I had've taken a visit when I was last in the UK!

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    1. There is just something about these old ruined that make them just a bit more beautiful because they are 'ruined' Thanks for your comment! There are so many places that I wish I had seen, but I guess that's what another trip is for.

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  9. That looks like a beautiful place to visit! I have a soft spot for cathedrals - working and "ruined." These pictures are beautiful by the way - I really love the one of the arches! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Thanks for the lovely compliment! This really is such a beautiful place.

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  10. I'm glad I found your blog though travel tuesday! I just went to fountains abbey for the first time a couple weeks ago, and I think we will def go back as it's only about an hour from where we live. You can check out my post here if you'd like :) http://www.chicadeedee.com/2013/10/day-tripping-fountains-abbey.html

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    1. I'm so happy you found us too! How awesome that you live so close to Fountains Abbey! I would kill to be back in England! I'll for sure be checking out your blog!

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- Alex