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On the original site of St Columba's monastery, c.563. St Columba's Shrine dates from the 9th century, most of the present buildings from around 1200. The massive restoration of the Abbey Church was undertaken by the Iona Cathedral Trust, who own the buildings, and was completed in 1910. The Iona Community now occupy the monastic buildings which they restored under the leadership of the Rev Dr George MacLeod. Historic Scotland care for the Abbey and associated monuments. Beautiful Augustinian nunnery, 12th-century ruin, Reilig Odhrain (royal burial ground), 'Street of the Dead', imposing standing crosses and one of the largest collections of early Christian carved stones in Europe. In the guardianship of Historic Scotland.
March to November: Sunday 10.30 am and 9.00 pm; Monday to Saturday 9.00am, 2.00 pm and 9 pm;
Contact the Abbey for winter service times.
Open daily 9.30am-5.00pm Easter to end-September, 9.30am-4.00pm October to Easter
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