This neo-Gothic style abbey dates back to the middle of the 19th century. If it is more splendid and larger than the other Irish abbeys, it is because it was initially built as a private residence. Benedictine nuns, who had fled from Belgium after their convent was destroyed in the First World War, took over the estate in 1920, where they ran a young girls' boarding school and lived on the sales of homemade products (jam, biscuits, cakes, etc). A part of the abbey is open to visitors, notably the Gothic church which is renowned for its coloured marble.
The Connemara National Park is a protected zone characterised by splendid mountains, bogs, prairies and forests© Andreas Berthold - grafxart /123RF
Kylemore Abbey houses a convent of Benedictine nuns and a boarding school for girls; however, it is still open to outside visitors and its immense gardens.© The Irish Image Colle / age fotostock
Kylemore Abbey is immersed in a splendid setting, between the lake of the same name and the Twelve Bens Mountains complex© Image Source / age fotostock
This massive, Neogothic-style building was built in the 19th century by an Irish financier before being passed on to the Benedictines, who turned it into an abbey© Giuseppe Masci / 123RF