Rufford Abbey in Ollerton, England

One of the best preserved examples of Cistercian architecture in the United Kingdom lies below the ruins of a 17th-century mansion. The building was originally a Cistercian monastery founded in 1146, and was one of the first institutions suppressed by Henry VIII 's dissolution of the monasteries.

The undercroft of the old abbey is exquisite. It somehow managed to survive hundreds of centuries in remarkable shape, despite the fact that much of the abbey was demolished when the building was...

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