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SOUTH AISLE OF THE MONASTERY CHURCH AT STRATA FLORIDA

SOUTH AISLE OF THE MONASTERY CHURCH AT STRATA FLORIDA

Strata Florida is a form, Latinised by the monks, of the Welsh name Ystrad Fflur - the plain of blossom - and it stands near the source of the river Teifi in northern Cardiganshire. It was a Cistercian house perhaps founded by Rhys ap Gruffyd in the twelfth century or perhaps by one of the Clare family, which had a castle near where the railway station of Strata Florida is now. The monastery seems to have been a great rallying point of culture and religion in the otherwise savage Wales of the twelfth century, and many of the Welsh princes are said to have been buried within its walls. There is not much left now, even of the ruins. The church was some 213 feet long and dates from about 1170-1200.

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