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Here's one I haven't seen yet on TE, although there are quite a few photos of the exterior of the manor house and the gothic chapel on the same grounds. This is one of the interior rooms that are accessible to the public.

Called Mainistir na Coille Moire (Great Wood) in Irish, Kylemore Abbey is now home to a Benedictine monastery founded in 1920 on the grounds of Kylemore Castle in Connemara by nuns fleeing Belgium during WWI. It's name is accurate; the woods behind the house are quite thick. The manor house is situated against a large hill. A figure of Christ overlooks the sizable lake from above. The house appears somewhat older than it is; the building was built between 1863-1868 as a private home for the family of Mitchell Henry, a wealthy politician from Manchester. After the death of his wife Margaret in 1875, he did not spend much time here. Both he and his wife are buried in the mausoleum near the small church on the grounds. There is a beautiful neo-Gothic church a short distance from the house, which was built between 1877-1881. It's supposedly a miniature replica of Norwich Cathedral, made from the famous, local green Connemara marble. The abbey is now a secondary girls' boarding school during the school year, Kylemore Abbey International Girls' School. Parts of the house and gardens are open to the public, but access is mostly limited to the ground floor, as the living quarters are on the upper stories. The setting is spectacular. It's usually somewhat crowded during summer months, but even so, it's eerily quiet.

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  • Copyright: Terez Anon (terez93) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 92 W: 78 N: 1122] (2004)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2006-07-00
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2008-10-23 17:37
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