The abbey as we know it was built on the site of a former monastery founded by Saint Baedán, who died around 809. The present abbey dates back to the 12th century, but suffered a terrible fire in the first decade of the 15th century, which led to a partial reconstruction in the following years.
One of the most impressive features of the new construction is its western pediment, with its many elaborate carvings. Among them, don’t miss the scenes showing the Archangel Saint Michael holding a sword and then a balance for weighing souls. You will also find other representations of St. Augustine, St. Catherine and St. John the Baptist.
Also don’t miss the window on the east side of the building. Majestic, it is a fine example of the architectural heyday of the period!
Note that the setting of the abbey is superb: a true haven of peace and tranquillity!
Duration: 45 minutes