Rievaulx Abbey in Yorkshire
The impressive ruins of Rievaulx Abbey in Yorkshire. This was the first English Cistercian House and it was founded by 12 monks from Clairvaux in c.1132. The site they chose was in the remote Ryedale Valley. Although the site had an excellent water supply it was very narrow and the monastic buildings grew to fill the space between hills and river. Cistercian churches were built in a rather austere French Romanesque style and the first church, built between 1135-45, was based on Clairvaux's Mother Church. However the east end was c.1225 ambitiously rebuilt in a much more elaborate style with clustered columns, moulded arches and elegant lancet windows. As can be seen in this picture a great deal of the structure remains standing.