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Ardmore Monastic Complex

Ardmore Monastic Complex

Southeast Ireland | County Waterford

Monastic Complex in Ardmore, County Waterford is one of the earliest monastic sites in Ireland. It was founded in the late 5th century by St Declan, who began the mission of Christianization before the coming of Saint Patrick. The oldest building of medieval monastic city is St Declan's Oratory from 8th century, which is believed to have been built over the burial site of the saint. St Declan's Cathedral dates from the 12th century and was built on structures of an earlier church. It consists of a nave and chancel with pointed arch between them. The most interesting feature of the cathedral is a Romanesque arcade along the western wall, which contains several panels illustrating biblical scenes. The images features Adam and Eve, the Adoration of the Magi, the Archangel Michael weighing souls and the Judgement of Solomon. Inside there are number of medieval grave-slabs decorated with a variety sacral motifs and two Ogham stones, probably dating from 5th or 6th century. The most impressive and eye-catching building at the site is the 12th century round tower, which served as a bell tower, as well as a shelter during times of trouble. It's 30m high, with the doorway situated 4m above ground level. There are 4 floors and 7 windows, this four placed on on the top floor facing the cardinal points.

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