The Ruins of Tintern Abbey in Wales

J.M.W Turner watercolour and ink painting of Tintern Abbey in Wales

On a tour through South Wales in 1792 the great English landscape painter J.M.W. Turner turned out several sketches of the ruins of Tintern Abbey.

Having seen Turner’s romantic watercolour sketches, this Cistercian monastery founded in 1131 became the one place I HAD to see when I was in Wales.

The moody day certainly created some of the atmospheric effect of a Turner painting, although it was a tad to damp to sit and sketch among the ruins.
The landscape around the ruins at Tintern Abbey in WalesSoaring Gothic windows at what was once the main entrance into the now ruined cathedral. Soaring Gothic windows at the ruins at Tintern Abbey in WalesLow cloud drifts in behind the old stone walls.
Moody day at the ruins at Tintern Abbey in WalesPanorama of the many Gothic arched windows in the ruins. Panorama of the many windows at the ruins at Tintern Abbey in WalesView through an arched window of the landscape that would have inspired Turner. View through an arched window at the ruins at Tintern Abbey in WalesMossy metal-clad door into a side chapel in the ruins.Mossy metal-clad door into the ruins at Tintern Abbey in WalesA variation of the Gothic arch on these double doors in the ruins (note the smaller human-sized door cut out in the identical shape on one of the doors). Double doors at the ruins at Tintern Abbey in WalesPartial altar covered in the moss of ages.Partial altar at the ruins at Tintern Abbey in WalesStatue of Mary and baby Jesus amidst the ruins (although she has gathered no moss and looks quite new, perhaps a reproduction of an original figure?).Statue of Mary and baby Jesus amidst the ruins at Tintern Abbey in WalesPanorama of the columns at the ruins at Tintern Abbey in Wales.
Panorama of the columns at the ruins at Tintern Abbey in WalesSoaring Gothic windows at the ruins at Tintern Abbey in WalesCircular cross on a tomb stone in the floor of the abbey.Circular cross on the tomb stones in the ruins at Tintern Abbey in WalesWe made it to the back of the abbey in time to see a cow out for a stroll past the stone cottages and fields that edge onto the ruins. Stone cottages and a cow in the fields that surround the ruins at Tintern Abbey in Wales

From here we were off to Glouchester and its cathedral which was also amazing.

More of our trip to Wales and England in 2016.

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