Friday, August 24, 2012

Ireland: Co. Meath, Mellifont Abbey 3, the lavabo

Here is the lavabo. You see the upper half is made of rougher darker stone. This is not original, but and addition by the Moore family after Henry VIII dissolved the abbeys and gave the lands to rich families who supported the crown.

The beautiful and delicate colored stone of the original lavabo is where Mellifont gets its name. Melli referring to honey, so honey-colored, and the Irish had never seen anything like it!

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