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Kylemore Abbey near Renvyle Connemara County Galway
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Kylemore Abbey  ~   Renvyle
 
 
Kylemore Abbey is the Monastic home of the Benedictine Order of Nuns in Ireland.
 
The community takes due pride in preserving and restoring the estate, comprising a fine house, built originally as a Castle in 1868, now an Abbey, a miniature Gothic Cathedral and a six-acre Victorian Walled Garden (a 'Great Garden of Ireland' and winner of the prestigious Europa Nostra Award in 2002).
Kylemore Abbey Connemara County Galway
  
The Abbey has been home to the Irish Benedictine nuns since 1921. The Benedictine nuns bought the house in 1920, having fled their convent in war-torn Belgium in 1914, where they ran a boarding school for girls for over 300 years. They re-established the school here and it is still very much alive today.

Kylemore Castle was originally built in 1868 by Mitchell Henry, in memory of his late wife Margaret. Its architecture is best described as neo-gothic and the house still displays all the characteristics of that period. Kylemore Abbey's most famous feature is its miniature cathedral, known locally as the Gothic church. It was built by Mitchell Henry in 1870. There is a stark contrast between the dark exterior and the light yellow stone exterior. Marble columns in three colours add to the design's richness.

Set in the heart of Connemara, Kylemore Abbey shares its woodlands, lakes and rivers with a large variety of birds and animals. A trip to the west of Ireland is not complete without experiencing the beauty and tranquility of Kylemore Abbey and Gardens. Facilities at Kylemore include a visitor centre, an exhibition housed in the main reception rooms of the house and a video which takes the visitor through the history of the house and its occupants. The Visitor Centre and exhibition, Gothic Church and Craft shop are open all year.
 

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