Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Old Mellifont Abbey

Whether you are traveling to Ireland on a religious pilgrimage or simply to see the beautiful countryside dappled with ancient ruins, Old Mellifont Abbey is a must see.

Old Mellifont Abbey in County Louth, Ireland was the first Cistercian monastery in Ireland. It was founded in 1142 by St. Malachy of Armagh. The most beautiful structure at Mellifont is the lavabo, an octagonal washing house. Built in the early 13th century, it used lead pipes to bring water from the river.

 The Visitor Center houses an interesting exhibition on the work of masons in the Middle Ages with fine examples of their craft on display.

Old Mellifont Abbey is a beautiful ruin and a must see for any traveler to Ireland.

Old Mellifont Abbey is included on a number of Celtic Tours World Vacations escorted tours of Ireland. Check out our website: www.CelticTours.com

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