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Baltinglass Abbey

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Baltinglass, Wicklow, Republic of Ireland

The beautiful Baltinglass Abbey is situated on the east bank of the River Slaney in Baltinglass Town, County Wicklow. The medieval ruin features six Gothic arches on either side of the nave, supported by alternate round and square pillars.

Dermot Mc Murrough, King of Leinster, founded Baltinglass Abbey for the Cistercian monks in 1148. Though the abbey ceased to function in the mid-16th century, fragments of the church and traces of the cloister survive.

The nave aisle has alternate squares and cylindrical piers, the bases and capitals of which are decorated with a range of designs in Irish motifs. Adjoining the abbey is a great pyramid-style granite mausoleum, built in 1832 as a tomb for the Stratford family.