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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 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 Davids was firmly occupied by the Norman Marcher lordship of Pembroke by the early 12th century, with St Davids firmly under Norman influence thereafter, the princely Dinefwr family of Deheubarth transferred their patronage to Strata Florida, and interred many of their family members there.HistoryFoundationThe Monastery was founded in 1164 by the Cambro-Norman Knight Robert FitzStephen (c 1123—1183). 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 was at 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 remains of the abbey are very beautiful. There is a little exhibition about the abbey in the visitor's centre. We especially loved the special handpainted tiles the abbey is famous for.  more »
  • Spent a hour or so exploring the abbey and having a picnic lunch supplemented with a coffee from the shop on site. Children can also create a tile for 2.50. Lots of interesting information boards and ...  more »
  • Down a wild road. At the end the remains of the Abbey. Admission charges. You can see it all from the road.  more »
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  • Went there many times when staying in Aberystwth years ago. Now living in South Carolina. Wales is very beautiful in all weathers. Miss it very much
  • A well maintained site with friendly staff and excellent views. Takes around 40 minutes to complete a tour and is reasonably cheap.
  • Severly damaged and in ruins but some interesting arches that show the original stonework and craftmanship. Worth a look on a sunny day.
  • Peaceful. Historic. Beautiful. Spiritual.
  • Lovely place! Peaceful with beautiful scenery.

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