Bective Abbey, Co. Meath


Bective Abbey, Co. Meath c.1915

Bective Abbey is a Cistercian Abbey founded in 1147. The site, now in a ruined state, overlooks the river Boyne and is close to the town of Navan. It is unlike other Cistercian sites because of this prominence. Many abbeys were keen to locate themselves in quiet, remote almost hidden areas. At its height, it was 2nd in importance in Ireland only to Mellifont Abbey and so was a very important religious centre, and quite a rich one too.

Part of the Mel Gibson film 'Braveheart was filmed here. 


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