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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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  • 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 »
  • The Abbey is located in the small town of Kalross, it was founded in the 13th century. Up to the present day came in good condition only one temple. that is used as the parish church. Other buildings collapsed from the times. The ruins were restored, they look rather picturesque. And they can be free to explore.
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  • Beautiful small church in the heart of the village! Very beautiful and peaceful garden. Don't hesitate to go around the outside of the Church as a whole. The old and small cemetery is just magic... the tombs are very old and not straight, which makes the charm of the place. It's so peaceful that there just want to sit on a bench in the middle and admire... Really a place to visit at least once.
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