Ireland O'rama(Irelandorama)
Images of Kilkenny

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Kilkenny is a medieval city, capital of arts and culture in Ireland.

The initial castle was built between 1192 and 1207 by William of Clare and was later bought by the Butler, Earls of Ormond

Kilkenny is historically known by the "Statutes de Kilkenny" of 1366, which were dictated by English and Dublin rule to prevent Anglo-Irish from being integrated into Gaelic civilization

Kilkenny Castle
seen from the bridge on the river Nore


The castle was restored by Irish State since 1967 and arranged in a victorian style so as to give an idea of the way of living of Anglo-Irish gentry

In a wing of the castle, the great gallery is the most imposing room with many family portraits and tapestries, as well as a wooden framed ceiling of Pre-Raphaelite style



Kilkenny Castle and its wing towers
Castle gardens


Cistercian Abbey of Jerpoint, founded at the end of the 12th century, even though it is in ruins, allows the visitor to get deeply impregnated with atmosphere of monastic life
The abbey church follows a strict cross-shaped plan typical of Cistercian architecture



Richly sculpted columns of the cloister arcades
View on the cloister courtyard and the abbey church


In the 13th century Jerpoint Abbey counted 36 monks and 50 lay brothers



Bas reliefs
Square tower of the abbey church


Kilkenny qui compte aujourd'hui 8500 habitants, est superbement mise en valeur par son patrimoine historique parfaitement restauré

Entrance to the Castle on street side'





Copyright © WEB-SY - August 2004
Editing and photographs : Marc GERONDEAU