Black Abbey, Kilkenny

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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. With our custom trip planner, Kilkenny attractions like Black Abbey can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • We were persuaded to go here by an elderly Irishman that we met. We are so glad we did. Beautiful vivid stained glass and another elderly gentleman told us the story about the coffins outside. We.....  more
    We were persuaded to go here by an elderly Irishman that we met. We are so glad we did. Beautiful vivid stained glass and another elderly gentleman told us the story about the coffins outside. We.....  more »
  • It might be the fact that it was raining a lot outside and kinda dark, but it didn't seem like anything impressive. The cathedral we saw right before it was better overall. It's a charming spot... 
    It might be the fact that it was raining a lot outside and kinda dark, but it didn't seem like anything impressive. The cathedral we saw right before it was better overall. It's a charming spot...  more »
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  • Beautiful abbey that is smaller and quieter than the bigger cathedrals in town, but no less impressive. The stained glass is especially striking and worth a visit for that alone.
  • Beautiful stain glass and a peaceful and serene experience. Definitely worth stopping in and sitting down for a few minutes of quiet.

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