Jerpoint Abbey, County Kilkenny
Constructed during the second half of the 12th Century, and located near Thomastown, Kilkenny, Jerpoint Abbey is an outstanding Cistercian abbey. The building features Romanesque detailing from this period and in the transept chapels, visitors can also see 13th and 16th Century tomb sculptures, whilst the tower and cloister date from the 15th Century.
Built by Donogh O’ Donoghoe, the King of Osraige, the abbey was dedicated to the Blessed Virgin. It derives its name from the civil parish of the same name. The site is especially notable for its stone carvings, including the tome of Felix O’ Dulany, bishop of the Diocese of Ossory.
Today the abbey is accompanied by a visitor centre and exhibition. Guided tours can cater for maximum numbers of 50 – 55 and take roughly 45 minutes in total. From time to time the abbey also hosts seasonal events.
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