"ruins of the Cistercian abbey"
Tintern Abbey
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeTintern Abbey - Credit: Hotlorp

Cistercians are a religious order of Roman Catholic monks and nuns. The first monastery was founded in the 11th century and the order spread throughout Europe over the next 100 years. Traditionally, Cistercians were self-sufficient, supporting themselves by working the land and rearing their own cattle.

Perhaps the most famous ruined Cistercian abbey in the UK is Tintern Abbey in Wales, which was made famous by Wordsworth in his poem of the same name.