Fountains Abbey is an old Cistecian monastery, built over 800 years ago, during the reign of Henry I. We’ve learned a lot about it’s history during the guided tour. It was very enjoyable and the lady told us a lot of interesting things. I learned a little bit of history from the period of the William the Conqueror and the role of the monasteries.
The abbey is now a ruin. It was closed during the Dissolution in 1539. Henry VIII’s people took out all the lead from the roof and left to the wind and rain, it soon became a ruin. The guide explained how the architecture differs considering the era it was built on.
It was so interesting to learn about Cistercians and Benedicts. About the everyday life in the abbey and their rules. As I watched a few TV programs about the impact the monasteries had in the life of the people during Tudor period, it was quite interesting to learn how and why they become so powerful before the Tudors.
The Ripon Cathedral looks amazing. It’s lovely and it was interesting to discover that the 1st place of worship was built here in the 7th century by the Saxons. In 672 (if I remember correctly) they built an underground place similar to the one in which Jesus was buried. Quite interesting, I’d say.