Bective Abbey

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Bective Abbey

Bective Abbey (Irish: Mainistir Bheigthí [1]) is a Cistercian abbey on the River Boyne in Bective, County Meath, Ireland. The abbey founded by Murchad O'Maeil-Sheachlainn in 1147 as a 'daughter house' of Mellifont Abbey. Although nothing remains except old ruins and walls, it is in a remarkable state of preservation. Bective Abbey is easy to find thanks to many sign posts along the way and it sets in the middle of a farmer's pasture. In 2012 The O.P.W. bought some of the land from the farmer, converted it to a large car park and a walkway from the abbey to the car park.


Bective Abbey was used as a location during the shooting of the 1995 historical action-drama movie Braveheart. The movie was produced and directed by Mel Gibson, who also starred in the title role.



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Coordinates: 53°34′57″N 06°42′10″W / 53.58250°N 6.70278°W / 53.58250; -6.70278