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From the title one could guess that this is a picture from France. Surprisingly two of the English Abbeys in this area that I know of, have rather French sounding names. I have showed you already a picture of the Fountain Abbey and now I have finally managed to make an acceptable picture of the Rivaulx Abbey. Beautiful place, my photo does not give it a justice as the complex is quite large with this part in the photo being just one of the elements but it is just 40 minutes from where I live so I will try to come back again.

Rievaulx Abbey is a former Cistercian abbey headed by the Abbot of Rievaulx. It is located in Rievaulx, near Helmsley in the North York Moors National Park, North Yorkshire, England. It was one of the wealthiest abbeys in England and was dissolved by Henry VIII of England in 1538. Its ruins are a tourist attraction.
Rievaulx Abbey was founded in 1132 by twelve monks from Clairvaux Abbey as a mission for the colonisation of the north of England and Scotland. It was the first Cistercian abbey in the north. With time it became one of the great Cistercian abbeys of Yorkshire, second only to Fountains Abbey in fame.
The remote location was ideal for the Cistercians, whose desire was to follow a strict life of prayer and self-sufficiency with little contact with the outside world.

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