Enjoyed the outside and the inside as well. We were looking to kill a bit of time before our Brew tour, and this was a well worthy stop.
The Black Abbey, unknown to many, is but one of two historically imposing Churches in all of Ireland which was not overtaken and transformed to Church of England or similar Reformation sects. The near seven century old stain glass is marvelous in depth, variety and richness of color as well as vastness of theme. AT every turn, up down and... More
If you need to retreat from the busy high street, take a quick 5 min detour to the historical Black Abbey. The stain glass windows are stunning, well worth viewing, and there is no entry charge, but donations are always welcome. Also stop off at the Chapter Rooms , 5 mins walk away, for coffee and cake
Really wasn't expecting much, but the stained glass is something else. Much of the stained glass here is modern, but the main window dates back to the 14th c. (I believe). The artistry is great & the window is luminous even in an overcast day (I saw it at the end of the day). One unique thing is that you... More
Found this little L shaped 'abbey' on a wet Monday at the end of September. Go inside and view the stained glass windows, sit and take in the tranquillity. The 'L' shape is most unusual.
Beautiful. Awe inspiring when you think of the people that have passed through the doors throughout the centuries.
When you sit in the Black Abbey and realize how many, many people have sat in that church before you, there is a feeling that is hard to describe...an oasis in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the town...awesome.
What a gem! Not a tourist stop - no guided tours or admission fee. Simply the real deal - a working Dominican order here for the past 800 yrs. We happened to visit while the monks were chanting/saying prayers. A very moving & spiritual experience for me. Spectacular stained glass also. One of my favorite memories of our Scotland &... More
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