Holyrood Abbey was in my places to visit list ever since I saw Louis Daguerre's 'Ruins of Holyrood Chapel' at Liverpool's Walker Gallery (in fact I sat down and stared at it for hours!). So when I visited Edinburgh I had to see the Abbey. It was like walking inside the artwork itself!
The place is a great part of Edinburgh's long history. It was founded by King David I in 1128AD and for the next 600 years was a place of worship and royal ceremonies. In 1691 it lost its function as the local parish church and in 1768 its roof was blasted away during a huge storm, leaving it in permanent ruin.
I suggest you take your time and look around the ruins and imagine what it would have been like in its time of glory. Nowadays it still instils a feeling of respect, tradition and faith in you.
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