St Patrick's Rock, Cashel

Map Reference: S074408 (2074, 1408)

The Rock of Cashel holds two churches, a Round Tower, a High Cross and a castle. It is the site of a 4th century fortress and Brian Boru was crowned there in 977.

In 1169 a cathedral was founded there but the present remains date from the 13th century. It is a large cruciform church with many lancet windows and a considerable number of mural passages and stairways.

There are three tomb-chests in the north transept. Two of them have very fine weepers and the third is richly carved with intertwined beasts and foliage.

There are many other small carvings throughout the church. Attached to the west end is the ruin of a large tower-house. The oldest building on the Rock is the Round tower which may date from the 10th century. It is complete and stands outside the NE corner of the N transept.

Between 1127 and 1134 Cormac's Chapel was built in the angle between the S transept and the choir. This magnificent Romanesque church has twin towers and blind arcades both inside and outside.

There are Romanesque doorways with carved tympana in the N and S walls and the chancel arch has carved heads both animal and human. In the nave is a broken tomb-chest with very fine carving of intertwined beasts.

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For details of other Round Towers click on the links below

Antrim, Co Antrim Armoy, Co Antrim St Mullin’s, Co Carlow Drumlane, Co Cavan Drumcliff, Co Clare Dysert O’Dea, Co Clare Cloyne, Co Cork Kinneigh, Co Cork Tory Island, Co Donegal Drumbo, Co Down Maghera, Co Down Nendrum, Co Down Lusk, Co Dublin Swords, Co Dublin Devenish, Co Fermanagh Kilbennan, Co Galway Kilmacduagh, Co Galway Roscam, Co Galway Aghadoe, Co Kerry Ratoo, Co Kerry Castledermott, Co Kildare Kildare, Co Kildare Kilcullen, Co Kildare Oughterard, Co Kildare Taghadoe, Co Kildare Aghaviller, Co Kilkenny Grangefertagh, Co Kilkenny Kilkenny, Co Kilkenny Kilree, Co Kilkenny Tullaherin, Co Kilkenny Timahoe, Co Laois Kilmallock, Co Limerick Dromiskin, Co Louth Monasterboice, Co Louth Aghagower, Co Mayo Balla, Co Mayo Killala, Co Mayo Meelick, Co Mayo Turlough, Co Mayo Donaghmore, Co Meath Kells, Co Meath Clones, Co Monaghan Clonmacnois, Co Offaly Boyle, Co Roscommon Oran, Co Roscommon Drumcliffe, Co Sligo Roscrea, Co Tipperary Ardmore, Co Waterford Glendalough, Co Wicklow

For details of other Decorated Romanesque Doorways & Arches click on the links below

Kilmore Cathedral, Co Cavan Dysert O’Dea, Co Clare Killaloe Cathedral, Co Clare White Island, Co Fermanagh Annaghdown Cathedral, Co Galway Clonfert, Co Galway Tuam Cathedral, Co Galway Aghadoe, Co Kerry Ardfert Cathedral, Co Kerry Kilmalkedar, Co Kerry Castledermott, Co Kildare Kildare Cathedral, Co Kildare Freshford, Co Kilkenny Ullard, Co Kilkenny Killeshin, Co Laois Timahoe, Co Laois The Nun's Church, Clonmacnois, Co Offaly Rahan, Co Offaly Donaghmore, Co Tipperary Kilcash, Co Tipperary Monaincha, Co Tipperary Roscrea, Co Tipperary St Saviour’s Priory, Glendalough, Co Wicklow

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