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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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  • Down a wild road. At the end the remains of the Abbey. Admission charges. You can see it all from the road.  more »
  • Have driven past the sign for here loads of times. Finally decided to visit and im glad I did! I have also heard there is a good country walk that reaches here so that is next on my list!!  more »
  • Knowing nothing about Welsh history before, this place was a great introduction. Informative signs everywhere amongst the beautiful ruins. Interesting.  more »
  • Nice Place and good managed, bur entrance fee is definatly too high!
  • Great place for a visit, lots of Welsh history, tranquil location, good facilities.
  • Beautiful place. Ruins of abbey are interesting. Decorated floor tiles are wonderful. Cost of entry not too steep. Can't fault it. Lovely
  • Very nice atmospheric place
  • My daddy's ashes are here in the church yard. A beautiful peaceful place x

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