Colmcille's Legacy

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Colmcille's Legacy

St Colmcille is one of Ireland's patron saints. He shares this with St Patrick and St Bridget.

Iona is still a place of pilgrimage. It is the burial place of Scottish kings. When Colmcille and his monks first built it, the monastery on Iona was a simple building of timber, wattle and daub.

Around 1200, it was rebuilt as an Augustinian abbey. Up to the sixteenth century, the monastery continued to grow. After the Reformation it became derelict. During the twentieth century, it was restored and it is now managed by Historic Scotland.