The Cloister of Iona Abbey, Scotland

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The cloisters are really my favourite part of any abbey and especially more so here in Iona’s Abbey.  They are always so calm and peaceful, for some reason the sightseers seem to miss this wonderful part of the abbey.

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At the heart of the abbey complex, monastic life revolved around the cloister.  It linked the church with the rest of the buildings and the covered walkways provide a quiet place for contemplation.

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The columns around the cloister walkway have carved capitals.  A few of these are medieval originals, once painted in brilliant colours.  The rest are replacements, carved between 1967 and 1997.

From our visit 2013

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