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Holyrood Abbey

Holyrood Abbey, or the Abbey of the Holy Cross, is currently a preserved ruin of monumental buildings, which dates back to the 12th century. The abbey was founded in 1128 by King David I of Scotland and was expanded by his successors. Many crowned heads were buried here, including David II and James II - coronations were also held in the abbey, including Margaret Tudor and Karol I.

Holyrood Abbey was severely damaged during the Anglo-Scottish wars of the mid-16th century and plundered during the Reformation, and then raised from ruins in the mid-16th century. 17th century A Jesuit college was established here, and in the following years the church received rich sculptural decorations and became a chapel of the Knights of the Order of Ostu. During the anti-Catholic revolt in 1688, the crowd broke into the abbey, destroyed the chapel and royal tombs.

The process of the final devastation of the abbey began on December 2, 1768, when the roof of the temple collapsed. Attempts at reconstruction, made many times since the end of the 18th century, were unsuccessful.


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