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"12th Century Cistercian Abbey"

Jerpoint Abbey, constructed in the second half of the12th-century, is considered as one of the most intact Cistercian monasteries in Ireland. The cloister with its Romanesque architecture is famous for its stone carvings. Preserved within the monastery is an extraordinary collection of quirky sculptures and sculpted tombs.

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Jerpoint Abbey

Jerpoint Abbey is a ruined Cistercian abbey, founded in the second half of the 12th century, near Thomastown, County Kilkenny, Ireland. It is located 2.5 km south west from Thomastown on the R448 regional road. There is a Visitor Centre with an exhibition. It has been declared a national monument and has been in the care of the Office of Public Works since 1880.

It was constructed by in 1180, by Donogh O'Donoghoe Mac Gilla Patraic, the King of Osraige. It was dedicated to the Blessed Virgin. Jerpoint is notable for its stone carvings, including one at the tomb of Felix O'Dulany, Bishop of the Diocese of Ossory. The abbey flourished until the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII.

Jerpoint Abbey gives its name to the civil parish of Jerpoint Abbey or Abbey-Jerpoint in the barony of Knocktopher. It lies near the anciently corporate town of Newtown Jerpoint.


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