|The Abbey at dusk|
At the center of the town of Sligo, Ireland, sits the Sligo Abbey.
This Abbey was founded in the mid-13th Century (1253, to be exact!) by a man named Maurice Fitzgerald. Now there's an Irish name for you!
A great deal of the stone structure remains, including the choir, a carved altar and the cloisters.
|The Cloister is fairly well preserved|
Author Bram Stoker's mother came from Sligo. According to legend, he used her ghost stories about the structure as part of the basis for his well-known novel, Dracula!
In 1952 they put up a plaque (see above) to commemorate the Abbey's 700 year anniversary. It's going on 800 years soon!
Our forefathers built for the future, didn't they? I'll venture a guess not many of the buildings from our century will still be standing in 762 years!