Pontrhydfendigaid area, 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.
This view from the Nave (on the right) is looking across to the North Transept and its subsidiary chapels. Just across the far side of the nave is the base of one of the Tower Crossing columns.
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.
The transcepts each had three chapels and Amanda is looking into the chapels in the North Transcept.
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