St Canice’s Cathedral & Round Tower

We visited Kilkenny City in the south of Ireland and visited St Canice’s Cathedral. The Cathedral dates back to the medieval times, it was built in the 13th Century between (1210 and 1280) by peasant colonists from England and Wales and is a great example of gothic architecture.  The Cathedral was the seat of Bishop of Ossory.

The Cathedral has a round tower,  which is quite unique as it is only one of two round tower’s in Ireland that you can climb, (the other is in Kildare town at St Brigid’s Cathedral),  St Canice’s round tower,  is 800 metres and you have to climb up about eight ladders inside the tower.

There are great views of the Marble City from the top.  The Cathedral was built on the site of a Gaelic monastery and the round tower was used by the Monks to ring a bell that marked pray time in the monastery.  Inside the Cathedral, there are some stained glass windows designed by Harry Clarke and tombs dating back to the 12th and 13th Century.

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Harry Clarke stained glass windows in St Canice’s Cathedral in Kilkenny