|Looking from the west toward the nave
Melrose Abbey was established 1136 by King David I of Scotland. It was destroyed and rebuilt several times in the struggle between Scotland and England. The spectacular ruins that survive today dates from the 1400's. The elaborate designs that include sculptures of saints, gargoyles and plants that grace the ruinous halls and walls add to the visual appeal of this sacred place. Several Scottish Kings are buried here and it is believed that the heart of Robert the Bruce is also interred here.
|Melrose Abbey with Burial Marker for Robert the Bruce's Heart in the foreground
|View from the southwest
|Side view of the southern transept and nave
|Steps to the bell tower
|Bagpipe playing pig
|The view of the choir area from the bell tower
|Gargoyles and saints stare out from the walls
|The ceiling of the nave
|Ornate leaf patterns decorate the interior supports
|The memorial marker locating the reburial of the supposed heart of Robert the Bruce.