Irish Christian Church Carvings Photos

Carvings on early Irish churches exhibit distinctive themes and styles.

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Pillars with carvings of church nave at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.Nave arch carvings at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.Border with carved arrowheads at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.Carvings & arch structure at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.
Pillars with carvings of church nave at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.Nave arch carvings at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.Border with carved arrowheads at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.Carvings & arch structure at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.
Shell-like carvings on columns at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.Carved corbel in unusual style Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.Carved corbel with winged motif at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.Carved nave corbel with human figures & fighting animals at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.
Shell-like carvings on columns at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.Carved corbel in unusual style Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.Carved corbel with winged motif at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.Carved nave corbel with human figures & fighting animals at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.
Carved nave corbel with dog & cockerel or peacock by Ballintuber Master at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.Carved nave corbel with three dogs or cats fighting at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.Carved nave corbel with plants animals at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.Carved nave corbel with roundels & fluted columns at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.
Carved nave corbel with dog & cockerel or peacock by Ballintuber Master at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.Carved nave corbel with three dogs or cats fighting at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.Carved nave corbel with plants animals at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.Carved nave corbel with roundels & fluted columns at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.
Carved nave corbel with foliage at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.Carved nave corbel with seven roundels over fluted column at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.Carved nave corbel with leaf sections at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.Carved nave corbel with foliage & knots at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.
Carved nave corbel with foliage at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.Carved nave corbel with seven roundels over fluted column at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.Carved nave corbel with leaf sections at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.Carved nave corbel with foliage & knots at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.
Carved nave corbel with foliage at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.Carved border with foliage at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.Carved nave columns with foliage at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.Carved nave corbel with Irish swirls at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.
Carved nave corbel with foliage at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.Carved border with foliage at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.Carved nave columns with foliage at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.Carved nave corbel with Irish swirls at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.
Carved border at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.Carved Sheela-na-Gig female figure to keep evil spirits away at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.Carvings at Tintern Abbey. Ireland.Stone decoration in Lady Chapel at Tintern Abbey. Ireland.
Carved border at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.Carved Sheela-na-Gig female figure to keep evil spirits away at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland.Carvings at Tintern Abbey. Ireland.Stone decoration in Lady Chapel at Tintern Abbey. Ireland.
Stone decoration in Lady Chapel at Tintern Abbey. Ireland.Stone triangle in Lady Chapel at Tintern Abbey. Ireland.Stone face in Lady Chapel at Tintern Abbey. Ireland.Cloister enclosure with unique series of double columns framing flat carvings at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.
Stone decoration in Lady Chapel at Tintern Abbey. Ireland.Stone triangle in Lady Chapel at Tintern Abbey. Ireland.Stone face in Lady Chapel at Tintern Abbey. Ireland.Cloister enclosure (14th-15thC) with unique series of double columns framing flat carvings at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.
Religious carvings in reconstructed cloister enclosure at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.Cloister enclosure capital carving at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.Cloister enclosure carving of Christian figure between double columns at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.Cloister enclosure carving of caped figure between double columns at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.
Religious carvings in reconstructed cloister enclosure at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.Cloister enclosure capital carving at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.Cloister enclosure carving of Christian figure between double columns at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.Cloister enclosure carving of caped figure between double columns at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.
Cloister enclosure carving of figure carrying staff between double columns at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.Cloister enclosure carving of Medieval figure between double columns at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.Cloister enclosure carving of mythical beast between double columns at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.Cloister enclosure carving of Christian figure between double columns at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.
Cloister enclosure carving of figure carrying staff between double columns at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.Cloister enclosure carving of Medieval figure between double columns at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.Cloister enclosure carving of mythical beast between double columns at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.Cloister enclosure carving of Christian figure between double columns at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.
Transept tower seen through arches of cloister at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.Carved stone border at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.Capital carving from 'dumb-bell' pier of cloister arcade at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.Base of pier carving with fantastical animal from cloister arcade at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.
Transept tower seen through arches of cloister at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.Carved stone border at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.Capital carving (1390-1500) from 'dumb-bell' pier of cloister arcade at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.Base of pier carving (1390-1500) with fantastical animal from cloister arcade at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.
Noble lady carving from cloister arcade at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.Human head carving at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.Roof-boss carving at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.Carved coat of arms in cathedral at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.
Noble lady carving (1390-1500) from cloister arcade at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.Human head carving (1400-1500) at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.Roof-boss carving (1400-1500) at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.Carved coat of arms in cathedral at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.
Romanesque entrance arch of Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Winged bull representing Evangelist St Luke carved over entrance to Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Romanesque interior of Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Carved corbel heads in Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.
Romanesque entrance arch (12thC) of Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Winged bull representing Evangelist St Luke carved (12thC) over entrance to Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Romanesque interior of Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Carved corbel heads (12thC) in Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.
Carved corbel heads in Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Carved Romanesque arches in Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Carvings on columns in Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Carvings on arch in Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.
Carved corbel heads (12thC) in Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Carved Romanesque arches (12thC) in Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Carvings on columns (12thC) in Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Carvings on arch (12thC) in Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.
Carvings on arch in Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Carved head on arch in Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Fresco remains in Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Fresco remains of saint in Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.
Carvings on arch (12thC) in Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Carved head on arch (12thC) in Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Fresco remains (12thC) in Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Fresco remains of saint (12thC) in Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.
Carved designs in Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Carved designs in Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Carved designs in Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Sarcophagus carved with Celtic knots in Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.
Carved designs (12thC) in Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Carved designs (12thC) in Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Carved designs (12thC) in Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Sarcophagus carved with Celtic knots in Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.
Sarcophagus carving detail with Irish design in Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Centaur archer hunting a lion carved over arch in Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.

Sarcophagus carving detail with Irish design in Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Centaur archer hunting a lion carved over arch in Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.


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