Pleasure of Ruins / 7 Jerpoint Abbey

Another marvellous old abbey ruin – alas not a great deal of it still standing. Jerpoint abbey was founded in 1160, and colonised by Cistercian monks soon after. It follows the conventional Cistercian layout, but many of the buildings in the medieval abbey no longer exist, including many that would have been around the sides of the cloister. But I still found it interesting.

View of the nave from above

Looking down the nave from the Crossing Tower

Vaulted ceiing of the Crossing Tower

End of the nave seen from the cloister

Part of the South Transept

Tomb in the North Transept

And now for a few details that caught my on any image to scroll through




  1. Nice moody skies to set off the ruins. Well done, Sue.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Sue

      Personally, I would have preferred sunshine to give plenty of shadows, but it wasn1’t going to happen…it peeped through the clouds once!

  2. Wanderful place and photos 👏

  3. V. atmospheric studies in b & w. Love the figures round the tomb. One near the right hand corner rather unfortunately reminds me of Captain Pugwash. Sorry that’s spoiling the ambience 😦

  4. These are lovely, Sue! Somehow in my head I read them as Jervaulx but I should have realised they’re Irish. 🙂 🙂 Love no. 3 and the last window shot best.

  5. These look as if they could be illustrations in an old book, maybe one called “The pleasure of ruins.” It’s a lovely collection. My eye too was caught by your scroll-through – especially woman holding child, and the listing of all the family members there entombed (See! You’ve got me using archaic language). You’ve also captured plenty of arches for my particular pleasure. Thank you.

  6. The memorium with all the family generations is fascinating Sue!

  7. Lovely post Sue, BW works very well in these shots!

  8. The 5th portrait one is particularly good.

  9. Loved the saints in their niches from the sarcophagus. I recognised Peter from his keys, Andrew with his X-shaped cross and James with his “cockle hat” but the rest were harder to make out. Black and white gives all the images a timeless feel.

  10. Made for you! Great!

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