Saint Canice's Cathedral

Church Lane , Kilkenny , Co. Kilkenny

Saint Canice's Cathedral
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About Saint Canice's Cathedral

Saint Canice's Cathedral is located at Church Lane in Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny.

St Canice's Cathedral (also known as Kilkenny Cathedral) dates from the 13th century and is the second longest cathedral in Ireland. Cruciform, the cathedral was built in the Early English Gothic style of architecture. Beside the cathedral stands a 100 ft 9th century round tower, St. Canice's tower, an excellent example of a well-preserved early Christian (9th century) Round Tower.

The cathedral stands on an ancient elevated site which has been used for Christian worship since the 6th century when St Canice (515/6-600) founded a medieval chapel here. The existing church was begun in 1203 by Hugh de Rous, with later additions during the mid to late eighteenth-century by Saunderson Miller and nineteenth-century renovation programme completed by Richard Langrishe under the direction of Dean Charles Vignoles.



The cathedral contains some of the finest ancient monuments in Ireland, including one to Bishop David, and the tombs of many bishops of Ossory and several owners of Kilkenny Castle. The subjects of the memorials stretch across the social spectrum, from the great figures of the house of Ormonde to the humble shoemaker and carpenter. In the north transept is the ancient Chair of St Kieran, made of carved stone, still used as the chair of enthronement for the bishops of Cashel and Ossory.There are continental carvings on the choir stalls and the hammerbeam roof. The cathedral has many stained glass windows, including the fine East window, which is a replica of the 13th century original.

Despite some 19th century restoration, the cathedral has been carefully preserved in its original style and form.


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