Ardmore Montastic Complex
Southeast Ireland | County Waterford
Monastic Complex in Ardmore, County Waterford is the one of the earliest monastic sites in Ireland. It was founded in late 5th century by St Declan, who began 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 a number of 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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