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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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  • 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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  • Really old church. The ruins have something magical and the old church keeps its ancient charming. Recommended. 
  • Lovely old ruins which are free to enter, be careful on a wet day as very slippy, you can just imagine what it was like when it was in its entirety, if the church is open Also worth a visit, some inte...  read more »
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