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The remains of Strata Florida Abbey as depicted in the 1851 Illustrated London Reading Book

Strata Florida (in Welsh: Ystrad Fflur) is a former Cistercian abbey situated just outside Pontrhydfendigaid, near Tregaron in the county of Ceredigion, Wales. Now in ruins, the abbey is in the care of Cadw. It is traditionally the burial place of the greatest Welsh language poet, Dafydd ap Gwilym, and a memorial to him is to be found on the site. Strata Florida Abbey - Project Gutenberg eBook 11921 This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... Strata Florida Abbey - Project Gutenberg eBook 11921 This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... The Order of Cistercians (OCist) (Latin Cistercenses), otherwise Gimey or White Monks (from the colour of the habit, over which is worn a black scapular or apron) are a Catholic order of monks. ... An abbey (from the Latin abbatia, which is derived from the Syriac abba, father), is a Christian monastery or convent, under the government of an Abbot or an Abbess, who serve as the spiritual father or mother of the community. ... Pontrhydfendigaid is a village in Ceredigion, Wales, lying on the River Teifi. ... Tregaron is a market town in Ceredigion (Cardiganshire), mid Wales, lying on the River Teifi. ... Originally, a county was the land under the jurisdiction of a count (in Great Britain, an earl, though the original earldoms covered larger areas) by reason of that office. ... For other uses please see Ceredigion (disambiguation) Ceredigion is a county in Wales. ... National motto: Cymru am byth (Welsh: Wales for ever) Waless location within the UK Official languages English(100%), Welsh(20. ... Rocky landscape with ruins, by Nicolaes Berchem, ca. ... CADW is the Welsh agency looking after historic monuments. ... Welsh redirects here, and this article describes the Welsh language. ... Dafydd ap Gwilym (ca. ... A memorial is an object served as a memory of something, usually a person (who has died) or an event. ...


About the Abbey the 1851 Illustrated London Reading Book says:

The remains of Strata Florida Abbey, in South Wales, are most interesting in many points of view, more especially as the relics of a stately seminary for learning, founded as early as the year 1164. The community of the Abbey were Cistercian monks, who soon attained great celebrity, and acquired extensive possessions. A large library was founded by them, which included the national records from the earliest periods, the works of the bards and the genealogies of the Princes and great families in Wales. The monks also compiled a valuable history of the Principality, down to the death of Llewellyn the Great. When Edward I. invaded Wales, he burned the Abbey, but it was rebuilt A.D. 1294.
Extensive woods once flourished in the vicinity of Strata Florida, and its burial-place covered no less than 120 acres [0.5 km²]. A long list of eminent persons from all parts of Wales were here buried, and amongst them David ap Gwillim, the famous bard. The churchyard is now reduced to small dimensions; but leaden coffins, doubtless belonging to once celebrated personages, are still found, both there and at a distance from the cemetery. A few aged box and yew-trees now only remain to tell of the luxuriant verdure which once grew around the Abbey; and of the venerable pile itself little is left, except an arch, and the fragment of a fine old wall, about forty feet high. A small church now stands within the enclosure, more than commonly interesting from having been built with the materials of the once celebrated Abbey of Strata Florida.

Recent excavation work by University of Wales Lampeter, and Trinity College Carmarthen in the woods surrounding the Abbey have found evidence of the Kiln that made the tiles for the Abbey. Also a number of field boundaries dating back to the same period have been discovered. Two leats which seemed to increase the flow of the water into the Glassfrwdd were also studied. It is believed they served the overall purpose of running a mill further down stream Events Count Henry I of Champagne marries Marie de Champagne. ... Events Catholicos of Armenia returns to Sis Pope Boniface VIII becomes Pope Births Charles IV of France Deaths John I of Brabant Roger Bacon – English philosopher and scientist Kublai Khan Categories: 1294 ... See Bard (disambiguation). ...


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Strata Florida Abbey - definition of Strata Florida Abbey in Encyclopedia (388 words)
Strata Florida (in Welsh: Ystrad Fflur) is a former Cistercian abbey situated just outside Pontrhydfendigaid, near Tregaron in the county of Ceredigion, now Dyfed, Wales.
The remains of Strata Florida Abbey, in South Wales, are most interesting in many points of view, more especially as the relics of a stately seminary for learning, founded as early as the year 1164.
When Edward I. invaded Wales, he burned the Abbey, but it was rebuilt A.D. Extensive woods once flourished in the vicinity of Strata Florida, and its burial-place covered no less than 120 acres [0.5 km²].
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