Cistercian and Augustinian Architecture


The effect of the Suppression of Religious Houses Act, initiated in 1535 by King Henry VIII, saw widespread destruction of monastic architectural heritage. By the end of the decade the some 800 religious houses were under Crown control and their assets had been redistributed. This exhibit contains selected images from the Gothic Past archive of Irish Cistercian and Augustinian architecture from the period. Browse the individual collections by keyword or tag search for more examples.




Professor Roger Stalley, Dr Danielle O'Donovan & Caroline Martha McGee, Trinity College Dublin; Professor Edwin C. Rae, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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