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Culross Abbey, Culross

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Culross Abbey is a former Cistercian abbey in Culross, Scotland, headed by the Abbot or Commendator of Culross. It is still used as the local parish church by the Church of Scotland.HistoryThe abbey was founded in 1217 by Malcolm I, Mormaer or Earl of Fife, and was first colonised by monks from Kinloss Abbey. Culross may have been chosen to establish an abbey because this was the birthplace of Saint Mungo. It is evident that the abbey was built over the earlier Pictish church supposedly founded by Saint Serf in the 6th century, as witnessed by the presence in the ruined Cistercian church of early medieval carved stones and from a ninth-century reference to a church of St Serf at Culross (Cuileann Ros) in a Gaelic list of the mothers of various saints.The original 13th-century abbey was cruciform in plan, without aisles. By the late 15th century the lay brothers had left, and the abbey community consisted of only choir-monks. The western half of the abbey was therefore abandoned, and the nave was demolished around 1500. In 1633 the east choir of the abbey was taken over for use as a parish church, while the adjoining buildings fell into decay.
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  • Located up the hill from the main road in Culross, it is a steep walk to get to drive up one of the cobbled roads. There is limited temporary parking outside the abbey. Not a great deal to see but wor...  more »
  • Culross Abbey and the village of Culross are very special. Small winding alleys, the Abbey and the old cemetery are worth a visit in any case.
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  • A visit to Culross Abbey, away from the crowds around the Palace is well worth a visit. Walk up the hill from the centre of the village rather than taking the car and experience the atmosphere of this...  more »

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