Iona abbey is located on the Isle of Iona, just off the Isle of Mull on the west coast of Scotland. It is one of the oldest Christian centres in Western Europe. The abbey was a focal point for the spread of Christianity troughout Scotland and marks the foundation of a monastic community by St.Columba, when Iona was part of the kingdom of Dál Riata. Iona Abbey was founded in 563 by Columba with his 12 companions from Ireland. The abbey was abandoned after the Scottish Reformation but was reconstructed in 1938.