An internal view of the Tintern abbey seen by moonlight, South Wales
By the time of its dissolution in the 16th century, Tintern had become the wealthiest Abbey in Wales. The once splendid monastic buildings fell into disrepair and gradually became the romantic ruin so admired by 18th-century travellers. They came to Tintern to see a beautiful ruin with ivy-clad crumbling walls, and foliage-covered Gothic archways. Although the interior of the church had been 'cleaned up' by the owner, the Duke of Beaufort, in an effort to make it look more picturesque, its wildness and natural beauty was still apparent, especially by moonlight.