Posted by: marthabernie | November 21, 2014

KELLS PRIORY, County Kilkenny, Ireland

midieval ruins, Irish ruins, kells, county kilkenny, irelandThis photo was taken in May, 2005 near Kells, County Kilkenny, Ireland, where the medieval ruins of an Augustine monastery and priory are located.  The photo above shows the seven towers that enclosed three acres and were a fortress defending against invaders in the 1540’s.  It’s a very peaceful place, owned and maintined by the Irish government, and there are several buildings, including the church and burial ground.  You can see the sheep grazing in the field to the middle left of the photo.  It’s formally known as Kells Priory, but the locals often refer to it as The Seven Towers.  This location is not to be confused with Kells Abbey in County Meath to the north, where the Book of Kells was written in the 8th century.


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