St Canice’s Roundtower & Cathedral.  Kilkenny City    950 a. d. &  1285 a. d.

This historic site contains two very remarkable buildings. The first National Monuments is St Canice’s Cathedral, built between 1202 and 1285. This is the second longest cathedral in Ireland after St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin. The Round Tower stands 100 feet tall and is the oldest standing structure in Kilkenny City. It is also only one of two Round Towers that the public can climb in Ireland. It is named after St. Canice and has been an important ecclesiastical site since the 6th century a. d. Most of the Cathedral is preserved in its original style and includes stained-glass windows, a choir stall with decorated carvings and also a floor which is paved with 4 different types of marble from each of the 4 provinces of Ireland.