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St. Marys Abbey (York)

St. Mary's Abbey was a very rich mediaeval religious foundation in the ancient city of York.

It covered a large area outside the City Walls and beside the River Ouse.

The Abbey was established by William II in 1088, and lasted until the Dissolution of the Monasteries under Henry VIII in 1539.

Today, the Abbey ruins are extensive, and form part of a public park which also contains the Botanical Gardens and the Hospitium Museum, as well as the Roman Multangular Tower and the Lendal Tower beside the river.

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