Picture Postcard – Tintern Abbey Wales
Only its remoteness saved the Abbey ruins from being pillaged to the ground.
After King Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries throughout England, Ireland and Wales in 1536 Tintern Abbey surrendered the portable items of value and its lead roof. The rest of the site was left to the elements. Now in the hands of the Welsh heritage board, Cadw, the Abbey is undergoing preservation efforts. The picturesque location on the River Wye turned the Abbey into a tourist destination as early as 1732. Our visit was made over 250 years later and the site still is worth the journey to the Wye Valley.
Welcome to a new series of travel postcards that I’ll be posting once a week. Click on the card for a larger view.