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Furness Abbey, located in the beautiful countryside of Cumbria, England, is a stunning ruin that dates back to the 12th century. Founded by Stephen, Count of Boulogne, the abbey was constructed using locally sourced red sandstone, and at its peak, was home to around 50 monks. It played an important role in the religious and political landscape of medieval England, and was often visited by important figures, including King Edward I.

Today, visitors to Furness Abbey can wander among the impressive ruins, admiring the soaring arches and intricate stonework that still remain. The site offers a fascinating insight into the daily life of the monks who once lived and worshipped here, as well as the turbulent history of the abbey during the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century.

One of the most impressive features of Furness Abbey is the towering remains of the abbey church, which still stand to a height of around 28 meters. The west front of the church, with its intricate carvings and detailed decoration, is a particular highlight, and is considered one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the country. You can also explore the chapter house, where the monks would gather to discuss business and matters of importance, as well as the extensive cloisters and other outbuildings.

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  • May 30, 2024 4:57 am local time

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