Posted by: marthabernie | September 23, 2014


It is amazing how some of the monastic ruins in Ireland are still in such remarkable condition when you stop to think how old they are and how long they have been abanadoned.  This photo was taken inside the ruins at Jerpoint Abbey, which is near Thomastown in Kilkenny, Ireland.

Jerpoint Abbey was built in the second half of the 12th century and had additions throughout the ages, including Norman stone carvings which are considered to be some of the best in the world.  It was a Cistercian abbey where monks lived and worked.  It thrived until the time the monasteries were destroyed during the reign of Henry VIII.

The ruins are quite large and this is just one little alcove off the nave where someone of importance was buried.  Many of the tombs are still in tact and there are carvings (and modern signs) telling you who is buried where.  The burial alcove did not get much sunlight during the day and the moss was growing around the ceiling, I assume because moisture was trapped there.  It made for an interesting photo.

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