Melrose Abbey, in the heart of the beautiful Scottish Border country, was founded in the twelfth century by the Cistercian order of monks. They were drawn to this fertile spot beside the River Tweed through its intimate associations with the holy men St Aidan and St Cuthbert. The Abbey grew to be one of the most wealthiest and most majestic medieval monasteries of Scotland, and its abbey church is one of the finest expressions of the order’s ‘architecture of solitude’.*

Melrose Abbey

Melrose Abbey

Melrose Abbey

Melrose Abbey

*From the Historic Scotland guidebook to Melrose Abbey

8 Comments CherryPie on Mar 21st 2014

8 Responses to “Melrose Abbey”

  1. Lotta says:

    What a beautiful place Cherie. Must have been a magnificent building in it’s days.

  2. Claude says:

    Great photos of a splendid place. I love the term “architecture of solitude”. I always wonder how the medieval period could achieve such beautiful buildings considering the limited tools on hand at the time.

    • CherryPie says:

      I think we have lost some of the skills that our medieval ancestors knew. Our modern technology is fascinating but it provides a virtual world rather than a physical world.

  3. Sean Jeating says:

    Be halde to ye hende. : )

    • CherryPie says:

      I had to Google search that ;-)

      I didn’t know of the inscription or that it had become a motto of the Town of Melrose.

      Thank you for educating me ;-)

  4. Do you think they should rebuild this church?
    Most of it is still pretty intact.
    It just needs a new roof! ;)