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31 July 2013

The Holy Cross Abbey at Thurles

Every time we visit a new town, we see to it that we pay respect to God by visiting a church in that town. It is our way of saying "thank you Heavenly Father for all the blessings you continuously shower us". 

During our recent trip to Thurles, County Tipperary, we were stunned by the simplicity of the Holy Cross Abbey. It was originally a monastery located at the River Suir. At the back of the church is a wide space for meditating the "Stations of the Cross".

Holy Cross Abbey was considered as one of the most popular pilgrims sites in medieval Ireland. People from different part of Ireland visit the Abbey to give honour to the sacred relic of the True Cross

Back of the Altar of the Holy Cross Abbey
Remains of the original Abbey

Entrance to the church.

Our Mother of Perpetual Help Altar inside the Holy Cross Abbey

Leading to the Bell Tower

Some Original Monastery Cells

River Suir 
Let me end this post by leaving you the following quotes:

Prayer is a strong wall and fortress of the church; it is a goodly Christian weapon. - Martin Luther 
I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit. - Khalil Gibran 


  1. What a quaint and beautiful church, love the stained glass!

  2. very beautiful church. i dreamed to be married in one.:)

  3. Your church is beautiful! I love that it looks like a castle.

  4. It probably give me chills if I'll enter there since it very old. But it's a beautiful church that I would love to visit someday.

  5. Whenever possible, I make it a point to visit the church of every place I find myself in. They always have their own stories to tell.

  6. The church is so beautiful. Wish to visit if given a chance.

  7. I like the color contrast of the church entrance picture. Very nice.

  8. Such intricate details especially the interior part.

  9. Very nice, i love how you enumerate everything, that helps me see what are they are for.

  10. oh wow, I am so impressed of the architecture of the church, so beautiful, I really admire the people from yesterdays who put so much their heart and mind into the place of worship. and I love your practice!

  11. this church is so pretty, so quaint, so rich with story, you're one lucky lady to have visited this :)

  12. How old na this chapel? Can't really decipher kung anong Architecture ang ginamit to built this one.

  13. That is so wow a church, sis! I would love to see that with my own eyes! Like you, we love to check out churches, too, when we go somewhere. It's the "feel good" part of the adventure for us! :)

  14. Just like me sis. When i go to a place and it's my first time, what comes in my mind is to visit a near church in the place. They said that when it's your first time in a church, you can have a wish there. I don't know if that's true but I do follow that saying :)

  15. What a magnificent piece of architecture! Lucky you Len for having given this rare chance touring around Europe.

  16. I love how the place looks so peaceful! Would love to visit this place! :)

  17. Wow, an old church! I honestly haven't visited any old church yet sis, ngek! Great photos!

  18. thanks for sharing about this lovely looking church with great history. :) you're lucky and blessed to visit it. have a great weekend.

  19. That church could be hiding a trove of history and historical materials. I would want to visit that except I still have no passport...

  20. I am fond of visiting churches. I love the architecture and love taking photos of it too.


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