Saints and Stones: St. Mary's Abbey

Founded in 1088, St. Mary's Abbey in York was the wealthiest and most powerful abbey in the North of England.

The Abbey was staffed by Benedictine monks from the old monastic center of Lastingham. Because of arguments over its wealth and lifestyle, a number of monks left to found the famous Cistercian Fountains Abbey in 1132.

St. Mary's survived this defection and continued to prosper until the Dissolution. Today's ruins are located in the Yorkshire Museum Gardens. The Museum contains an extensive exhibit of the history of the Abbey, including numerous artificacts.

About St. Mary's Abbey

Wikipedia: St. Mary's Abbey, York
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Journey to St. Mary's Abbey

St. Mary's Abbey is located near the Yorkshire Museum in the city of York, North Yorkshire, England.

Ordnance Survey Map (SE5982652107)

Visitorsl Information

Visitors information for St. Mary's Abbey may be found at the website. General tourist information may be found at the Visit York website.

Additional Photos of St. Mary's Abbey

Ruins of St. Mary's Abbey from the Southern End
Window Arches of St. Mary's Abbey
Close-Up of St. Mary's Abbey

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