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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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Black Abbey reviews
Great old church, stone walls and the stained glass windows are beautiful. Such a pleasure to see an understated church rather than the over the top European equivalents.
Great old church, stone walls and the stained glass windows are beautiful. Such a pleasure to see an understated church rather than the over the top European equivalents. more »
This is a lovely stop on your walk around Kilkenny. The exterior is beautiful as was the interior. There is a donation box just inside - use it!
This is a lovely stop on your walk around Kilkenny. The exterior is beautiful as was the interior. There is a donation box just inside - use it! more »
Beautiful historic church! Went to Mass there and it was special! Beautiful side altars all around the church.
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.
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