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FOUNTAINS ABBEY

2018-11-16T13:29:39+00:00

Close to Fountains Abbey (www.fountainsabbey.org.uk) in North Yorkshire, England, is the the beautiful formal water garden of Studley Royal. The water garden was created by John Aislabie, who had been Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1720 but was forced to resign due to the South Sea Bubble scandal. This picture shows the Moon Pond and Doric Temple of Piety. Studley Royal exemplifies the 18thC philosophy that nature was barbaric and could only be made beautiful and reasonable when directed by Man. The nearby ruins of Fountains Abbey, which was founded in 1132 by Cistercian monks, is a World Heritage site.