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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Mosaic Monday: The Grey Abbey

Welcome to Mosaic Monday hosted by our lovely Mary over at Little Red House.
Please take a look at all the other participants in this interesting meme.

On a trip to the British Isles a year or so ago, I took these photos of the Grey Abbey.
I'm fascinated with history and found this Abbey and it's history quite interesting.

 

The Abbey was founded in 1193  by Affreca, wife of John De Courcy, Anglo-Norman conqueror of the province of Ulster in is what is now Northern Ireland.
 



The Abbey was almost completely destroyed during the invasion of Edward the Bruce (1315-1318) and was completely dissolved in 1541.

 
 

The Commission of Public works started a crude repair in the late 1800's, using cement that is still very visible today.
The ruins are now set in a beautiful private parkland belonging to the 18th century mansion, Rosemont House.
 I will have more photos and history about the Grey Abbey in future posts.
Thanks for stopping in for a look at my blog, I always appreciate hearing from you to know that you've visited.


15 comments:

Dragonfly Treasure said...

I so enjoy your mosaics!! So pretty
*hugs*deb

Ebie said...

Thanks for sharing a bit history. These are two unique mosaics!

LDH said...

I love these photos of the beautiful Grey Abbey and reading a little about it. Lovely Mosaic Monday post!

Kindly, ldh

BailiwickStudio said...

How nice to get a little English history lesson in with the lovely photos! (History was always my favorite subject). ::Jill

Mary said...

So beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing at MM. :)

Dishesdone said...

Very nice mosaics! The Abbey is really interesting and I enjoyed the history! Thanks :)

Debbie said...

Really neat you got super creative with yours!!~ I love doing Mosaics now that I know how too:)

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

What beautiful photos! I felt like I went on a little trip myself.

Greyscale Territory said...

A fascinating piece of history! Love the unusual mosaics you have created from the photos!

PAT said...

Beautiful mosaics and thank you, so much for the history!

Snap said...

Lovely mosaics and I learned something, too! :D

Meri said...

I've done a bit of history reading in conjunction with trips to England and genealogy, I love your post. Pretty pictures with some historical info thrown in.

Zuzu said...

Oh my, this is fabulous! Thank you for "taking us along" - I look forward to reading & seeing more!
Hugs,
Zuzu

jaydubblah said...

Hi, I'm a new girl but loving looking at everyone's photos Here's mine
I live in the East of the K, have never been to Ireland

GardenofDaisies said...

Such history! And so beautiful!