Jerpoint Abbey, Ireland
This evening, I am focusing on Jerpoint Abbey, an outstanding 12th century Cistercian Abbey located close to the town of Kilkenny in the south of the Republic of Ireland.
Here is a video clip of the Abbey
The Abbey follows the conventional Cistercian layout featuring a cruciform church nave, chancel and transepts. A crossing tower was added in the 15th century. The cloister lies to the south of the church adjacent to which there were domestic buildings on three sides.
A principal feature of the Abbey is the high quality tomb scuplture and carvings:
- 13th-16th century tomb sculpture can be found in the transept chapels one of which is a panel of saints called “weepers”.
- Unique carvings in the sculptured cloister arcade ranging from human figures (bishop, knight, etc.) to grotesque and unexpected diminutive figures in corners or on bases.
There is a visitor centre which houses an interesting exhibition.
This site is deserving of a visit when touring in the area.