Valle Crucis Abbey, Llangollen

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Valle Crucis Abbey is a Cistercian abbey located in Llantysilio in Denbighshire, Wales. More formally the Abbey Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Valle Crucis it is known in Welsh both as Abaty Glyn Egwestl and Abaty Glyn y Groes. The abbey was built in 1201 by Madog ap Gruffydd Maelor, Prince of Powys Fadog. Valle Crucis was dissolved in 1537 during the Dissolution of the Monasteries, and subsequently fell into serious disrepair. The building is now a ruin, though large parts of the original structure still survive. Valle Crucis Abbey is now under the care of Cadw.HistoryValle Crucis Abbey was founded in 1201 by Madog ap Gruffydd Maelor, on the site of a temporary wooden church and was the last Cistercian monastery to be built in Wales. Founded in the principality of Powys Fadog, Valle Crucis was the spiritual centre of the region, while Dinas Bran was the political stronghold. The abbey took its name from the nearby Pillar of Eliseg, which was erected four centuries earlier by Cyngen ap Cadell, King of Powys in memory of his great-grandfather, Elisedd ap Gwylog.
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  • Had a great time there To see a relic like the abbey, a building that has been there for a 1000 years and for the most part be in one piece. Such a beautiful place to go and stay for a picnic  more »
  • Today was my second visit here and loved it just as much as the first time. You can walk inside part of it and it has a very peaceful feel about it. The cadw staff are lovely. Theres a toilet at the b...  more »
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  • We were surprised to discover when we arrived that we would have to pay to see the Abbey. This was rather unexpected considering the sheer lack of substance of the place. There was hardly any Abbey to speak of and what was there was quite poorly maintained. Definitely would not recommend, there are much nicer places to visit in the area that you do not have to pay for!
  • Small ruined Cistercian abbey just off the road to horseshoe pass. Interesting historically but not a vast amount to see. A few hundred yards up the road is "Eliseg's pillar" which is the stump of the stone cross which gave the abbey its name. You will need to park near the abbey & walk, however.
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