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Iona, Iona Abbey, interior. View of chapter house carved capital.

SC 373174

Description Iona, Iona Abbey, interior. View of chapter house carved capital.

Catalogue Number SC 373174

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of AG 8918

Scope and Content Chapter-house of Iona Abbey, Argyll and Bute The Benedictine abbey at Iona was built around AD 1200 on the site of St Columba's earlier monastery. It was altered and partly rebuilt in the 13th century and again in the 15th century. It became derelict after the Reformation of 1560. The capital of the central column in the chapter-house is composed of four sections, and appears to be the work of several masons. The south face is carved with a series of broad, pointed leaves, with dog-tooth ornament between. The chapter-house forms part of the east range and is entered from the cloister. Originally dating from the 13th century, it was rebuilt at the end of the 15th. It was used as the meeting-place for the priests. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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