Melrose Abbey: Detail, remnants of fan vaults and clerestory

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Description

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

  • 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

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Temporal Coverage
  • before or circa 1910

Access Rights Open Access
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