Help us bring back the Dying Gladiator
Conservation is at the heart of what we do - we work to keep places special forever, for everyone. The Dying Gladiator is a statue that has been missing from the water garden since the 1800s and we're aiming to bring it back!
What are we fundraising for?
This year the team at Fountains Abbey are working towards raising funds to replace a Dying Gladiator statue which mysteriously disappeared from the water garden in the late 1800s. This is part of our conservation aim to restore this World Heritage Site to its 18th century heyday for visitors.
Recasting this iconic statue and returning it to its rightful place by the moon ponds will continue with the garden conservation, as we gradually add in details lost over the centuries.
What is the Dying Gladiator statue?
The Dying Gladiator is a Roman copy of an ancient Greek statue, and one of the most celebrated icons to have survived from antiquity. It appears in world famous gardens across the world, evoked and reproduced by sculptors and artists for several centuries.
Why places matter
We've always believed that places are important and have a powerful effect on us. We want Fountains Abbey to be a significant place to our visitors, to help them connect with nature, our rich history and culture here in North Yorkshire. There's no doubt that Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal is a site that's worth looking after, which was recognised on a global scale when it was granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1986.
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