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Located in North Yorkshire, Fountains Abbey is one of the best-preserved monasteries of its kind in England. It was founded by a group of 13 monks who were expelled from the Benedictines. They were joined by St. Robert of Newminster.  The fortunes of the abbey of the White Monks rose and fell over the years, largely determined by the competence of the abbot in charge. The property was seized and sold off by Henry VIII in 1539. The largest monastic ruins in England, Fountains Abbey is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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