KYLEMORE BENEDICTINE ABBEY, Connemara, County Galway, Ireland. Originally built as a castle residence, it was designed by James Franklin Fuller & Ussher Roberts. Construction first began in 1867, and took one hundred men four years to complete. The castle covers approximately 40,000 square feet (3,700 m2) with over 70 rooms and the principal wall is two to three feet thick. The abbey was founded in 1920 for Benedictine Nuns who fled Belgium in World War I. ~Wikipedia
tKylemore Abbey in Connemara has been home to a community of Benedictine nuns since 1920. Originally a castle, the stunning lakeside dwelling was built by Mitchell and Margaret Henry from 1867 to 1871.