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Cisterian rule

Tintern Abby was founded in 1131 for Cisterian monks, and was built according to the Cisterian rule: "None of our houses I'd to be built in cities, in castles, or villages; but in places remote from the conversation of men."

The monks of Tintern Abbey were driven out in the reign of Henry VIII, from then the decay has overtaken, but cannot destroy the faultless of its early English style and beauty of its proportions. It has been called "the most perfect ruin in England."
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