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Iona Abbey and Nunnery

By: Historic Scotland Scott, Nicki Yeoman, Peter

Part of the Historic Scotland: Official Souvenir Guide series
184917170X / 9781849171700
Paperback / softback
914.1154
30/04/2020
Published 30/04/2020
United Kingdom
195 x 270 mm, 291 grams 72 pages, 100 Illustrations, color
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The tiny island of Iona has been a vibrant centre of Christian worship since Columba arrived in AD 563.

His monastery thrived for centuries, despite repeated Viking raids beginning in 795.

Around 1200, the abbey and nunnery were founded, introducing new forms of worship and new buildings, while still welcoming pilgrims to St Columba's shrine. Even after the Protestant Reformation of 1560 brought an end to Scotland's monasteries, Iona served briefly as a Cathedral of the Isles.

Restoration of the buildings began in 1899, and in 1938 the Iona Community was formed, revitalising the abbey's spiritual role.

This unique site bears witness to a long history of religious practice that still flourishes today.

BIC:

1DBKS Scotland, AMN Religious buildings, HBJD1 British & Irish history, WTHM Museum, historic sites, gallery & art guides

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