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Global Treasures KILKENNY Gill Chainnigh Ireland
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KILKENNY Kilkenny is one of the most beautiful towns in the Republic Of Ireland and numerous historic buildings highlight the city's colourful past. Since the end of the 12th century, Kilkenny Castle, located close to the Nore River, has been the town's most prominent landmark. In 1391 the castle was acquired by the Butler's, an aristocratic family that influenced Kilkenny right up until the 20th century. The city was founded by Saint Canice who in the 6th century had a monastery built close to the River Nore and at the time of the Anglo Norman invasion of Ireland in 1169 four church communities existed here. Located in Parliament Street, Rothe House dates back to 1594 and is another of the city's popular historic sights. Renovated in 1966, the building complex contains three houses that are grouped around two tranquil inner courtyards. Kilkenny has retained its unique historic atmosphere right up to the present day and can thus justifiably be referred to as 'The jewel of the Irish Middle Ages'. Global Treasures - History's Most Protected Monuments - Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live today, and what we pass on to future generations. our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. Places as unique and diverse as the wilds of East Africa's Serengeti, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Baroque cathedrals of Latin America make up our world's heritage. Join us as we explore one of these protected monuments.