Kilkenny, a fascinating and vivacious city, is situated on both banks of River Nore at the center of County Kilkenny. County Kilkenny is located in the province of Leinster, south-east of Ireland. Popularly known as the ‘The Marble City’, Kilkenny city is the administrative center of the County Kilkenny in Ireland.
The history of Kilkenny marked its beginning with an early sixth century ecclesiastical foundation. Subsequent invasion of Ireland by Norman led to the architectural developments with the building of a series of walls and castles that were built to protect the burghers. In 1207, Kilkenny was chartered as a town by Lord of Leinster, William Marshall. Around the end of 13th century, the control of the town was under Norman-Irish. 1609, was a significant year in the history of Kilkenny when a royal charter by King James I of England granted this place the status of a city.
Magnificent medieval architectures looking over the ancient streets impress one and all. Kilkenny Castle and St. Canice’s Cathedral & tower are the two well known examples that depict the rich culture and heritage of the city. Kilkenny Castle was built in the 12th century and was remodeled in Victorian times. Major restoration work was carried out to preserve this magnificent castle. This stupendous castle includes drawing room, bedrooms, a library, and an exquisite gallery in the central block of the castle. In addition, there are several other places in the city that capture one’s attention such as the gardens of the Kilkenny Castle that spread over 50 acres displaying tranquil rose garden.
The St. Canice Cathedral, named after the renowned Saint Canice, was built in the 13th century and is also known as Kilkenny Cathedral. It is the second largest Cathedral in Ireland and holds major importance for the reason that since sixth century this has been a place of worship for Christians. The Rothe house, Black Abbey, St. Mary Cathedral, Green’s bridge, John’s Bridge and many other places are also quite popular. Kilkenny is also famous for its rich culture which is reflected in environs of the city that includes numerous theaters like the Watergate Theater, as well as craft and design workshops. It also hosts numerous cultural events like the Cat Laughs comedy festival, Kilkenny Arts Week as well as the Rhythm and Roots festival and the Source concert, which is a must for music lovers. Another major destination is the Jenkinstown Park. The Park is home to a variety of deer and some rare trees. The Park was once a pert of the Bryan-Bellow Estate, of which the castle ruins and walls can still be seen today.
The place leaves an impression on the minds of every individual with its offerings that include rich heritage, culture, architecture, and vibrant life.
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