NM2824 : Iona Abbey

taken 41 years ago, near to Baile Mòr, Argyll And Bute, Great Britain

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Iona Abbey
Iona Abbey
Iona Abbey is one of the oldest and most important religious centres in Western Europe. The abbey was founded by St Columba and his Irish followers in AD563 and was a focal point for the spread of Christianity throughout Scotland.

St Columba’s original church was destroyed as a result of several Viking raids during the late eighth and early ninth centuries. A new monastery was established on the site by the Benedictine Order during the fourteenth century. Following the Scottish Reformation, Iona along with numerous other abbeys throughout the British Isles was dismantled, and abandoned.

The original Benedictine Abbey was substantially rebuilt following the Duke of Argyll's gift of all the buildings in 1899 to the Church of Scotland, which undertook extensive restoration of the site.
The surrounding buildings were also re-constructed during the 20th century by the Iona Community (LinkExternal link Iona Community).

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Date Taken
August 1978   (more nearby)
Monday, 4 April, 2011
Religious buildings > Abbey   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NM 286 245 [100m precision]
WGS84: 56:20.0931N 6:23.4879W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NM 286 246
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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