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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  • It is located just off the center, but there is a signpost from the main street, so it is easy to understand. When I went there, it was just in the middle of the mass, but it was full in the local area. The stained glass was very beautiful. Because it is a visit free, it is recommended.
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  • The Abbey has really beautiful stained glass windows and medieval statues. The Abbey is a working church and worth the visit.  more »
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  • Stunning very atmospheric and has the most beautiful stained glass window ive ever seen at back of the altar. Truly feels like your in a special holy place there.
  • This is a very beautiful place 800 y.o with most amazing glass with 3 Mysteries painted on it. The story was told us by a helpful lady working inside the Church.
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