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Strata Florida

Strata Florida 1

The Cistertian or White monks who built Strata Florida Abbey were a strict, hard-working group of Christians.
They began to build on a site near Pontrhydfendigaid, Ceredigion, in about 1164.

The stone for building arches and windows came from as far away as Bristol, and it took fifty years to complete.

Strata Florida 2

The monks continued to farm their estate and to play an active part in the life of the area until King Henry VIII closed the Abbey in 1539.

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