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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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  • A very special place and space to visit with due deference to the history and faith behind it. A place I revisit from time to time when the world is rushed.  more »
  • What a gem this Abbey is with its Crusiform shape a sense of peace when you enter lovely for contemplation. This has been a well kept Abbey with some really nice stained glass window and Impressive me...  more »
  • After a wander around the ruins of the abbey (interesting enough in itself) we entered the abbey proper. At the time we were the only people in the building and the sense of calm was lovely. It's not ...  more »