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Melrose  Abbey by CitizenFresh Melrose  Abbey by CitizenFresh

St Mary's Abbey, Melrose is a partly ruined monastery of the Cistercian order in Melrose, Roxburghshire, in the Scottish Borders. It was founded in 1136 by Cistercian monks on the request of King David I of Scotland, and was the chief house of that order in the country until the Reformation. It was headed by the Abbot or Commendator of Melrose. Today the abbey is maintained by Historic Scotland.

The east end of the abbey was completed in 1146. Other buildings in the complex were added over the next 50 years. The abbey was built in the Gothic manner, and in the form of a St. John's cross. A considerable portion of the abbey is now in ruins. A structure dating from 1590 is maintained as a museum open to the public.

Alexander II and other Scottish kings and nobles are buried at the abbey. A lead container believed to hold the embalmed heart of Robert the Bruce was found in 1921 below the Chapter House site; it was found again in a 1998 excavation. This was documented in records of his death. The rest of his body is buried in Dunfermline Abbey.

The abbey is known for its many carved decorative details, including likenesses of saints, dragons, gargoyles and plants. On one of the abbey's stairways is an inscription by John Morow, a master mason, which says, Be halde to ye hende ("Keep in mind, the end, your salvation"). This has become the motto of the town of Melrose.
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Absaroke Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
love the dark atmosphere :)
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AlmightySponge Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
This is totally Diablo right here. I love it~
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Speck2 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
A drama filled place, wonderful capture. :)
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songofabanshee Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Very cool! The darker clouds set the mood!Heart 
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Celandinewhyte Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
extremely beautiful location, u captured this shot perfectly. Love it!
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Regis-AND Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What beautiful building! It must have been even more wonderful, centuries ago. It's very nice to read the history behind the picture, thanks for sharing. I blame some buildings today (at least where I live), because its architecture miss these fine details. It's all cubes and rectangles today!!! Argh!!!
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