One of our country’s most beautiful churches & Ireland’s Taj Mahal

Kylemore Abbey Church is located on the grounds of Kylemore Abbey in co. Galway. This little church is regarded as one of the most beautiful churches in Ireland and has one of the finest interiors. It was built in 1881 in the memory of Margaret Henry and is sometimes referred to as the Taj Mahal of Ireland. It was designed by James Franklin Fuller who also designed Ashford Castle. Margaret Henry was the beloved wife of Mitchell Henry, the son of a wealthy Manchester cotton merchant who built Kylemore Castle as his dream home in 1871. Margaret tragically died soon after a while on a family holiday in Egypt, in 1874. She had fallen ill with dysentery and died within 16 days of contracting the disease aged only 45. Her remains were brought back to Kylemore and laid to rest in the Mausoleum on the grounds. Mitchell wanted to show his love for late, in a way that would last through time. The church was designed to be like a ‘Cathedral in miniature’ and the interior is similar to the stunning Chapel of St Stephen’s at Westminster. It highly decorative and used marble from the different provinces of Ireland for the pillars; the green marble of Connemara (Connaught), the red marble of Cork (Munster), and the black marble of Kilkenny (Leinster). The interior is made of cream sandstone, smiling angels in place of gargoyles and exquisite stone carvings. The superb stained glass window reminds depicts the five graces; Fortitude, Faith, Charity, Hope and Chastity