St. Canice's Cathedral
In the heart of Medieval Kilkenny
Kilkenny Inn is under the shadows of St Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower. St Canice’s Cathedral is one of the most prominent sights in Kilkenny. The Cathedral and Round Tower are vital strucutres in the heritage in the vibrant medieval city of Kilkenny in the heart of Ireland's Ancient East The site was founded in the 6th century and named after St Canice.
Cill Channigh is the Irish for the Church of Canice, the church that originally stood on the site in the 6th century. Combining the early Christian settlement, the Round Tower, the Anglo Norman Cathedral and its rich cultural ecclesiastical heritage makes St Canice’s Cathedral a must to visit while you are in Kilkenny!
The Round Tower is the oldest standing structure in Kilkenny City. Tourists can enjoy the exhiliariting 30 metre climb to the top of the Round Tower where you will get wonderful views over the city. St Canice’s Round Tower is one of only two Round Towers that people can climb in Ireland, so it's well worth the visit. Construction of the impressive Gothic Cathedral began in the 1250s and was completed in 1285.
Over the years, the cathedral has maintained many of its 13th Century features despite the collapse of the central tower in 1332 and the overtaking of the property by Oliver Cromwell’s troops in 1650. Visitors will enjoy seeing the round headed stained glass windows, unique marble floors in the sanctuary and a number of fascinating tombstones from the 17th Century. Inside the cathedral, they can view the original font, as well as St Kieran’s Chair, an ancient stone seat thought to contain part of the 5th Century bishop’s throne.
The cathedral also houses the Great War Memorial List, a record of the names of Irishmen who lost their lives in the First World War.