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“holy place”

Iona Abbey and Nunnery
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$755.48*
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5-Day Iona, Mull and the Isle of Skye Small Group Tour from Edinburgh
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$545.24*
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4 Day Magical Mull, Iona and the West Highlands Isles
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Iona Abbey is one of Scotland's most historic and sacred sites. Located on the Isle of Iona, just off the Isle of Mull, it 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. The abbey church was restored at the beginning of the 20th century, whilst work on restoring the living accommodation began in 1938, following the foundation of the Iona Community. Today, the Iona Community continues the tradition of worship first established by St Columba 1,450 years ago. To mark the 1,450th anniversary of Columba’s arrival, Iona’s magnificent carved stones have been redisplayed in the Abbey Museum. New interpretation panels, audio guide and souvenir guidebook are also available.
Reviewed October 13, 2013

The Iona Abbey is a very important place for (church) history. In the church you can be part of very touching services.

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Reviewed October 7, 2013

The Abbey is a great way to lose a few hours in a beautiful tranquil environment. Wander through the adjoining graveyard and look out over the water.

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Reviewed October 4, 2013

The Abbey on Iona is like the heart of the island, apart from the fact that I had to pass it everyday on my way back and forth to the hostel, I also felt a certain pull towards it, maybe because i had read so much about it. I attended three evening sessions at the Abbey and really enjoyed seeing the community and visitors come together. A very very welcoming place. The new museum was due to open just after my visit so I will need to come back again! A place of great historic significance.

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Reviewed October 3, 2013

The services at 9 AM and 9 PM daily were well done. The Abbey is open to people of all faiths. This is a sacred place attracting pilgrims for over 1400 years.

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Reviewed October 3, 2013

We visited Iona Abbey this autumn. It was quite impressing to wander through the old buildings. With the entrance fee is a audio guide included, with additional information. The audio guide helped us much to understand and feel how it had might be here. In addition to that we recommand to climb the nearby hill and get down on the other side and return to the abbey along the almost white sand beaches

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