Built by William Marshal, 4th Earl of Pembroke, during the first decade of the 13th century, Kilkenny Castle later became the Irish residence of the powerful Butler family for almost 600 years. It began with James 3rd Earl of Ormond who purchased the castle in 1391 and lasted until 1967 when Arthur, the 6th Marquess of Ormonde, presented it to the people of Kilkenny in return for a token payment of 50 pounds.
Kilkenny Castle has now been in the care of the Office of Public Works (OPW) since 1969. Its Chinese Withdrawing Room shows on the walls original sections of hand painted Chinese decorations. In another room, called «  Tapestry Room » you can admire tapestries  designed by Peter Paul Rubens, after 1616. They depict the story of Decius Mus, a Roman consul who sacrificed himself to enable the victory of the Romans against the Latins.
Outside, down a short flight of steps, there is a beautiful Rose Garden Terrace.


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