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RUINS OF THE CATHEDRAL ON lONA'S HALLOWED ISLE

RUINS OF THE CATHEDRAL ON lONA'S HALLOWED ISLE

Off the large island of Mull we find the small island of Iona, which is one of the Inner Hebrides. It measures about three and a half miles by one and a half and contains about 2,200 acres of barren, treeless rock. However, it sustains a few hundred inhabitants and a golf course, and is easily visited from Oban. As a place of pilgrimage Iona has been famous since the death of S. Columba, who came hither from Ireland in 562 He built a monastery and was buried there, but no trace of it remains. Norse pirates landed and plundered many times and in 807 burnt Columba's foundation. The ruins we observe here are those of the cathedral as they appeared in all their wildness before restoration. The foundation dates from 13th century.

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