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Widely renowned for its beauty, Melrose is a ruined Gothic abbey built in the form of a St. John's cross, with a tower mostly in ruins. There are many superb windows; the principal one at the east end appears to have been more recently built than the others and is 57 feet high. The beauty of the carved work, with which the abbey is profusely decorated, is seldom equaled, and has been deservedly celebrated by poets over the years.
Alexander II and many of the Scottish kings and nobles are buried at Melrose, including the heart of Robert the Bruce's heart. A stone coffin was found in the small aisle on the south of the chancel in 1812, and it is believed to be that of Michael Scott, a famous wizard who predicted his own death.
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Category: Christian Monasteries