Melrose Abbey: Detail, the great East window

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Description

The principal window at the east end (which is the top nave of the cross,) appears to have been more recently built than the others, and is 57 feet (17 m) in extreme height, and 28 feet (8.5 m) wide. This view has been painted by J.M.W Turner and others.

Melrose Abbey was founded in 1136 by Cistercian monks, on the request of King David I of Scotland. The east end of the abbey was completed in 1146. Other buildings in the complex were added over the next 50 years. The abbey was built in the form of a St. John’s cross. It is known for its many carved decorative details. A considerable portion of the abbey is now in ruins, though a structure dating from 1590 is maintained as a museum open to the public. Alexander II and other Scottish kings and nobles are buried at the abbey.

Attributes

Attribute NameValues
Creator
  • G. Massiot & cie

Subject
  • Churches

  • Cemeteries

  • Architecture

  • Abbeys

Date Created
  • 1910-01-01

Date Digitized
  • 2007-01-01

Cultural Context
  • Gothic (Medieval)

Place of Creation
  • +55.598889-2.717778

  • Melrose Abbey

  • Melrose Abbey (ruins), Scotland, United Kingdom

Departments and Units
Member of
Temporal Coverage
  • before or circa 1910

Access Rights Open Access
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