Located a short 10 minute walk from the Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel in Kilkenny, St Canices Cathedral is one of Kilkenny’s oldest, best preserved and most beautiful attractions.
St Canices History
“Cill Channig” translates from Gaelic to “Church of Channis” from whom Kilkenny is named after. The church itself was founded in the 6th century and later built upon again during the Anglo Norman period in the 13th century, St Canices Cathedral features stunning gothic architecture and stained glass windows along with a round tower that dates back to the 9th century AD.
The ancient chair of Saint Kieran is visible in the Cathedral and was the original seat of the bishops in Aghaboe which was founded by Saint Canice in the 6th Century in County Laois. Since then the seat was moved to Saint Canice's when it became the Cathedral of the diocese. worship has taken place in St Canice's Cathedral for over 800 years.
St Canices round tower is only one of two remaining round towers in Ireland which can be climbed by the public. The view from the top of the tower offers stunning panoramic views of both Kilkenny city and the surrounding countryside. The round tower is 30m(100ft) tall and boasts very shallow foundations of 0.6m, it remains the oldest standing structure in Kilkenny City and a must visit
The Church is open Between 9am & 6pm during June, July & August
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