Kells Augustinian Priory

Local nameKells Augustinian Priory
LocationIreland

Kells Priory is one of the largest and most impressive medieval monuments in Ireland.

The Augustine priory is situated alongside King's River beside the village of Kells in the townland of Rathduff, about 15 km south of the medieval city of Kilkenny. The priory is a National Monument and is in the guardianship of the Office of Public Works. One of its most striking feature is a collection of medieval tower houses spaced at intervals along and within walls which enclose a site of just over 3 acres. These give the priory the appearance more of a fortress than of a place of worship and from them comes its local name of "Seven Castles".

4 km southeast of the priory on the R697 regional road is Kilree round tower and 9th century High Cross, said to be the burial place of Niall Caille. It was used in the film Barry Lyndon as the location for the English Redcoat encampment.

Tags Archaeological SitePlace of WorshipMonasteryRuinsEditor's ChoiceMedieval
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More information and contact

Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kells_Priory

Official Website http://monastic.ie/history/kells-augustinian-priory/

Address Ireland

Coordinates 52°32'20.018" N -7°15'59.498" E

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