Posted by: danielfee | April 12, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 04-12-2012

Kylemore Abbey - Co Galway, Ireland

Kylemore Abbey is located on the shore of Kylemore Lough and is sheltered by the slopes of the Twelve Bens. The lakeside castle is a romantic Gothic Revival fantasy built by Mitchell Henry in 1867 as a present for his wife. The castle is approximately 40,000 square feet with over 70 rooms with the principal wall built two to three feet thick. The facade measured 142 feet in length and is made of granite brought from Dalkey and limestone from Ballinasloe. There were 33 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 4 sitting rooms, ballroom, billiard room, library, study, school room, smoking room, gun room and various offices and domestic staff residences for the butler, cook, housekeeper and other servants. After the sudden death of his wife and daughter, Henry left Kylemore and it was sold. It became an abbey in 1920 when Benedictine nuns, fleeing from Ypres in Belgium during World War I, sought refuge here. The nuns now run the abbey as a select girls boarding school.

 

 

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  1. Been there! Had the Guinness stew in the lunchroom and everything, lol.


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