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Strata Florida Abbey, Tregaron

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Strata Florida Abbey is a former Cistercian abbey situated just outside Pontrhydfendigaid, near Tregaron in the county of Ceredigion, Wales. The abbey was originally founded in 1164. "Strata Florida" is a latinisation of the Welsh Ystrad Fflur; "Valley of Flowers". The Welsh word Ystrad is synonymous with "Strath" and "Dale", while Fflur is also the name of the nearby river. After the region around St. David's was firmly occupied by the Norman Marcher lordship of Pembroke by the early 12th century, with St. David's firmly under Norman influence thereafter, the princely Dinefwr family of Deheubarth transferred their patronage to Strata Florida, interring many of their family members there.HistoryFoundationThere is no actual date for the founding of the monastery. In the 12th century, Cistercian Monks from Whitland Abbey (Narbeth, Carmarthenshire) started to construct a religious settlement on the banks of the Afon Fflur (from which the present Abbey takes its name), a short distance from the present site. This during a time of fast expansion of the Cistercian order. The site of this first settlement is known as Hen Fynachlog (the Old Monastery).
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  • The ruins of the 12th century Strata Florida Abbey is just over a mile off the main road and is so peaceful and tranquil. Worth the visit  more »
  • On our tour around Wales were looking for (and found) we also this ancient Abbey (or what's left of it). Have visited already more often such interesting ruins. Is also fun. Here I think however the price-performance ratio is exceeded. Inside you can see not much more than from the outside.
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  • Well worth the visit the ancient Abbey is steeped in history and a bit like stonehenge no one really understands all of it. Kept in beautiful condition this would make a great morning or afternoon tri...  more »
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  • Beautiful place. Ruins of abbey are interesting. Decorated floor tiles are wonderful. Cost of entry not too steep. Can't fault it. Lovely
  • Impressive ruined/incomplete Abbey.
  • My daddy's ashes are here in the church yard. A beautiful peaceful place x
  • Fascinatingly well preserved and picturesque ruined abbey, this has the place in Welsh culture that Iona has in Scottish. Round the back of the South transpet can be found the graves of Welsh Princes, and to the North are poets and bards. The architectural detailing has survuived the collapse of the roof remarkably well, and detailed tiles and stone carving is still visible. In the crossing is what may well be a baptistry, but it's rather small by modern standards!
  • Such a beautiful place