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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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  • We stopped in Culross since the town is used for many medieval towns. It was quaint and a great start to all the history we would be seeing over the next week.  more »
  • The grounds are very well looked after and very peaceful. The abbey itself was interesting.kids would be bored here.culross is a beautiful preserved town.if you want a relaxing walk but if you want sh...  more »
  • went back to see culross abbey after 12 years of marriage. still the warm and inviting place that we remember. sadly minister who married us is no longer here and ran by a stand by minister. well wort...  more »