Pontrhydfendigaid area, Ceredigion. Location map
 
  Great West Door, Strata Florida Abbey, Ceredigion, Wales, Great Britain   Strata Florida Abbey, Ceredigion.

Near the village of Pontrhydfendigaid is the ruin of Strata Florida Abbey. "Strata Florida" is a Latinisation of the Welsh "Ystrad Fflur" ("Valley of Flowers"). The abbey was founded in 1164 and the rather impressive Great West Door gives access to the Nave. This door is the highest part of the remaining ruins.

 

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  View of the Nave and North Transcept, Strata Florida Abbey, Ceredigion, Wales, Great Britain   Strata Florida Abbey.

This view from the Nave is looking across to the North Transcept and its subsidiary chapels. Just across the far side of the nave is the base of one of the Tower Crossing columns.

 

 

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  'Joan', The Nave looking west, Strata Florida Abbey, Ceredigion, Wales, Great Britain   Strata Florida Abbey.

This view is looking along the nave to the great west door.

The most important primary historical source for early Welsh history, the Brut y Tywysogion, was compiled at Strata Florida. Strata Florida Abbey was dissolved in 1539 by church commissioners. Following its dissolution, the site of Strata Florida Abbey was left to deteriorate and it was not until the coming of the railways in the late 19th century that interest in the site was rekindled.

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  The North Transcept Chapels, Strata Florida Abbey, Ceredigion, Wales   Strata Florida Abbey.

The transcepts each had three chapels and Amanda is looking into the chapels in the North Transcept.

 

 

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