Saturday, November 3, 2012

Kilkenny

Kilkenny Castle (old postcard)

At the Sepia Saturday site a place named Kilkenny was mentioned. I don't know much about Ireland, let alone Kilkenny, but to my surprise this rather small city (population: 24400) has many interesting landmarks. For instance, following the Norman invasion Kilkenny Castle was build in 1209-1213.

St. Canice's Cathedral (photo: Andreas F. Borchert) 

In Irish the city is named Cill Chainnigh, meaning 'church of Cainnech'. Saint Cainnech of Aghaboe (aka Kenny) was one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland. He also gave is name to the impressive 13th century cathedral, located next to a peculiar chimney 9th century round tower. They even got a city wall, so I am quite impressed!


Panorama of Kilkenny, 2006 (Wikipedia)

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18 comments:

  1. The town of the famous beer... :-)
    Best wishes!

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  2. There are certain similarities between Ireland and France: every hamlet its own cathedral :)

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  3. Kilkenny won the All Ireland Hurling Championship in September this year!

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  4. Beautiful castle! And I'm impressed by your moving panorama!

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  5. So very stunning! Wonderful post, and I am always totally amazed when people post such cool photos, like your last stunning and moving (for real) photograph! Thanks for the treat!

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  6. There is seemingly no end to beautiful castles and cathedrals and hamlets to see in Ireland. One day!

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  7. Well that's a different twist! That panorama is amazing.

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  8. That castle is gorgeous! And your moving panorama? Quite impressive. I'm wondering how you did that.

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  9. Sometimes Sepia Saturday becomes a travelogue that invites us to visit yet another place we didn't know. A great invitation, Rob. And I too would like to know how you did the panorama. I have some oversize photos that I'd like to post like this.

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  10. The castle and church are beautiful. I liked the panorama presentation.

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  11. The moving panorama is easy to accomplish. This is the html code:

    <marquee direction="left"><img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gb8bFJtr9vU/UJRubyNexBI/AAAAAAAAICI/pkL1qiK-8cQ/s2500/panorama.jpeg" /></marquee>

    So put <marquee direction="left"> in front, </marquee> at the end, and the s2500 regulates the size.

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  12. Castles and cathedrals, certainly my favorite!

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  13. Now that is really going back there, 12th century and it still stands! Leaves me in awe. I like the panorama you posted.

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  14. Always humbled by really old buildings when I think of how something around here that's managed to make 150 years is thought of as old.

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  15. I've been fortunate enough to have visited Kilkenny, and it does have some wonderful landmarks. I really enjoyed the panoramic slide show. Thanks!

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  16. Loved the photo of Kilkenny Castle - I've been to Scotland and enjoyed the many castles I saw there and I would love to go to Ireland someday. I too am extremely impressed with your moving panorama!

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  17. Don't feel bad!! I don't know much about Irish culture myself, but I go most every year to the Irish parade in Montreal, one of the oldest on the continent, and certainly the nicest!!! And I love Guinness beer!! Which I'm pretty sure earns me points with the Irish community. Oh, and my first boyfriend is Irish!!!
    That didn't last though...
    But when we run into each other, it is still a delight to see him again, even if it didn't work out.
    Your post looks amazing. Their tourism board would be pleased!!!
    :)~
    HUGZ

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  18. Curious. If that round tower was for bells, you think it would be more gracefully designed and if it was meant for defense you think it would appear more sturdy.

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