Iona Abbey Cloisters

June 1, 2019 - Comment

Iona Abbey Cloisters Image by féileacán Iona Abbey Iona Abbey is one of Scotland’s most historic and sacred sites. The abbey was founded by St Columba and his Irish followers in AD 563. As a celebrated focus for Christian pilgrimage, Iona retains its spiritual atmosphere and remains an enduring symbol of worship. Over a century

Iona Abbey Cloisters
christianity 500 years ago
Image by féileacán
Iona Abbey

Iona Abbey is one of Scotland’s most historic and sacred sites. The abbey was founded by St Columba and his Irish followers in AD 563. As a celebrated focus for Christian pilgrimage, Iona retains its spiritual atmosphere and remains an enduring symbol of worship.

Over a century ago, the abbey and monastic buildings were restored. In 1938, the Iona Community was founded to continue the tradition of worship in the abbey through daily services and teaching.

Highlights

* The location – the tiny island of Iona has a very special feel.
* The High Crosses – these four 8th/9th-century preaching crosses provide tangible links to the strength of belief that led to the founding of Iona as a cradle of Christianity 1,500 years ago.
* Tòrr an Aba – stand on this little hill overlooking the later abbey and contemplate the life of St Columba.
* The abbey church – retains many fine medieval features.
* Reilig Odhráin – the little cemetery beside Sràid nam Marbh, ‘the street of the dead’, where many ancient Scottish kings were laid to rest.