Jerpoint Abbey ...


Jerpoint Abbey
Jerpoint Abbey is another of Co. Kilkenny?s wonderful attractions. In 1180, the King of Kingdom of Ossory, moved the monks of the Cistercian Order to the present site where he constructed the abbey, probably on the site of an earlier Benedictine monastery built in 1160. The abbey continued to flourish until the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII. In 1541 the abbey became a favorite place of sepulture with all the great families in the surrounding country. This is an outstanding Cistercian abbey and the church boast great Romanesque details dating from this period. In the transept chapels the visitor can see 13th?to 16th century tomb sculpture. The tower and cloister date from the 15th century. The chief delight of the Abbey is the sculptured cloister arcade with unique carvings.

Jerpoint Abbey
The present ruins are very extensive and display some specimens of the later Norman passing into the early English style of architecture. Jerpoint is notable for its stone carvings, including one at the tomb of Felix O'Dulany, Bishop of the Diocese of Ossory. There is a well-proportioned, square, embattled tower. The church with its Romanesque details dates from the 12th century. In the transept chapels are 13th to 16th century tomb sculptures. The tower and cloister date from the 15th century. In the Abbey is the sculptured cloister arcade with unique carvings.


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