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Iona Abbey (HES)
Iona Abbey (HES)

Iona Abbey (HES)

One of Scotland's most historic and venerated sites, Iona Abbey is an important Christian centre.

Iona Abbey is an ancient holy place. Founded by St Columba in 563, the early monastery was a powerhouse of Christian learning. Great works of art were created here, including Iona's iconic high crosses and the world-famous Book of Kells. Despite devastating Viking raids, the abbey continued to thrive, transformed into a Benedictine monastery in about 1200. Pilgrims have travelled here for centuries and the abbey remains a vibrant centre of Christianity. Its buildings were restored in the 1900s and in 1938, the Iona Community was founded to revive its traditions of work, worship and teaching.Highlights of a visit include the abbey church, high crosses, Columba's shrine and site oif the saint's writing cell.

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Isle of Iona
PA76 6SQ
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1 Apr to 30 Sept:
Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm
Last entry 5pm

1 Oct to 31 Mar:
Mon-Sat, 10am to 4pm
Sun: Only the Abbey Church, Michael Chapel, Shrine and grounds are open
Last entry 3.30pm


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