Christian Monasteries of Ireland Photos

After Saint Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland in the 5th Century, Monasteries spread and even became guardians of the faith as the rest of Europe plunged into the Dark Ages of Medieval times. The monasteries were shut down when Henry VIII made Britain Protestant and many fell into ruins.

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Monasterboice Doorway to round tower would normally be 15-20 feet above ground, but burials raised ground levels at Monasterboice. Ireland West high cross used by early monks to teach biblical stories at Monasterboice near round tower. Ireland Eve & Adam with Cain & Abel on Muiredach's high cross at Monasterboice. Ireland
Mellifont Abbey Romanesque octagonal Lavabo in cloister at Old Mellifont Abbey. Ireland Remains of church at Old Mellifont Abbey. Ireland Model of Old Mellifont Abbey in museum. Ireland
Kells Abbey Partial cross & round tower at Kells. Ireland Tall Cross with biblical scenes at Kells. Ireland O'Shaughnessy's Irish pub at Kells. Ireland
Clonmacnoise Monastery Ruins Irish high cross, Temple Conner & Temple Finian at Clonmacnoise. Ireland Detailed view of an Irish high cross at Clonmacnoise. Ireland Close-up of arches of nun's Church at Clonmacnoise. Ireland
Glendalough Glendalough Lake. Ireland St Kevin's Church at Glendalough. Ireland Round Tower at Glendalough. Ireland
Rock of Cashel Rock of Cashel, a hill top monastery. Ireland Round Tower & Irish crosses at Rock of Cashel. Ireland Sarcophagus carving detail with Irish design in Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland
Medieval Mile Museum, Kilkenny Private chantry chapel established by local merchant now Medieval Mile Museum. Kilkenny, Ireland Post-Protestant Reformation burial monuments on wall over older Catholic tombs well-preserved below line to where floor was raised at Medieval Mile Museum. Kilkenny, Ireland Headless body of Goliath being taken to Jerusalem scene on plaster replica of north high cross from Ahenny in County Tipperary at Medieval Mile Museum. Kilkenny, Ireland
Kells Priory Tower houses in walls at Kells Priory. Ireland Church ruins at Kells Priory. Ireland Walls at Kells Priory with church beyond. Ireland
Jerpoint Abbey Ruins of Jerpoint Abbey south of Thomastown. Ireland Cloister enclosure carving of Christian figure between double columns at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland Cloister enclosure carving of Medieval figure between double columns at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland
Tintern Abbey Landscape around Tintern Abbey. Ireland Tintern Abbey ruins Cistercian Abbey. Ireland Stone face in Lady Chapel at Tintern Abbey. Ireland
Kilmallock Abbey Ruins of Dominican Kilmallock Abbey. Ireland Ruins of Kilmallock Abbey. Ireland Engraved inscription at ruins of Kilmallock Abbey. Ireland
Boyle Abbey, Knocknashee Gate house at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland Carved nave corbel with human figures & fighting animals at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland Carved nave corbel with roundels & fluted columns at Boyle Abbey. Knocknashee, Ireland
St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin Towers of St. Patrick's Cathedral. Dublin, Ireland Various Irish flags over choir at St. Patrick's Cathedral. Dublin, Ireland Boyle Family Monument at St. Patrick's Cathedral. Dublin, Ireland
Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin Dublin Christ Church Cathedral started as Viking church in 1038 but current structure built 1172, with additions through Victorian times. Dublin, Ireland Pulpit with carvings of Evangelists at Christ Church Cathedral. Dublin, Ireland Enclosed bridge across Winetavern St. between former St Michaels church & Christ Church Cathedral. Dublin, Ireland
Dublin Castle Chapel Royal Record Tower & Chapel Royal seen from Dubblinn Gardens at Dublin Castle. Dublin, Ireland Organ & gothic columns of Chapel Royal at Dublin Castle. Dublin, Ireland Gallery carved with coats of arms of Lord Lieutenants in Chapel Royal at Dublin Castle. Dublin, Ireland
Knock Shrine Knock Shrine, a pilgrimage site of a miracle. Ireland Angel sculpture within Knock Shrine. Ireland Directions signs for crowds at Knock Shrine. Ireland

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