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The Black Abbey, Kilkenny

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Religious Site Tourist Spot
The Black Abbey represents a Catholic monastery of the Dominican order built in 1225, and it also serves as the local church of Killkenny. Its name derives from the "black friars," an old English nickname for Dominicans. Join the locals for religious observance, or visit between services to view the building. The old structure impresses with highly detailed stained glass throughout. Brochures describing the history of this important church are available for purchase. Check the mass schedule online before you go; doors may be locked during services. Plan to visit The Black Abbey during your Kilkenny vacation using our convenient Kilkenny trip itinerary planner.
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  • Unusual construction and so interesting to look at. Protecting us against the Regen.Kostenfreiwar it even. Today nobody was there however, giving information on the history and structure.
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  • Attended mass and visited...very lovely place. The stained glass...view from inside the church...will leave you breathless.  more »
  • We came across this little church by accident. We're so glad we did, we were able to spend time enjoying the garden and statues. We ventured inside to find a beautiful Dominican church. Be aware that ...  more »
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  • There are many many old cathedrals in the area and this may be one of the older ones but it wasn't anything particularly remarkable. The stained glass was nice but St Canice Cathedral is right down the street and has one of the oldest tallest towers in the country and the only one that lets you climb to the very top.
  • The stained-glass is impressive. So well preserved.
  • Worth a wander-around, even if you don't go inside. Beautiful architecture and windows, and within walking distance of several other attractions.
  • Nice Looking even at night
  • Culture and history. Beautiful! Still don't understand how the Church don't support the project to improve the structure. They're trying to get funds from private businesses/particular👎

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Where to stay in Kilkenny

For a historical Irish experience, stay in Kilkenny County's namesake city, a medieval destination with no shortage of lodging options. If you are interested in exploring the central sights of this city, stay at one of the many hotels, hostels, or bed and breakfasts near its center. For something more affordable, head to the outskirts and look into guesthouse options. You can also choose a nearby spa if you want to splurge on a relaxing getaway.
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