Even though most of them are now in ruins, the beauty of design, the layout of the structures and the locations compared to the lay of the land are stunning. Some are more memories than reality, and some are still in tact, but most are somewhere in between.
I could only imagine what these places were like in their full glory days. I was fascinated with the stone work, the precision, the beauty, and the endurance of these structures that are hundreds of years old. The fact that this incredibly beautiful places were built and consecrated to those in ministry who had given their lives to serve God says something about the value set on relationship with God in that time frame.
Most of these ancient abbeys are currently under historic protection and the grounds are maintained through government programs. In these photos were The Abbey at Cong, Creevelea, Kylemore, Dryburgh, Jedburgh, and Melrose. The buildings may be crumbling, but the sense of being in a holy place is still very strong. But then maybe the buildings put is in such a reverent frame of mind that we were more acutely aware of the Spirit of God within us.