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Kilmalkedar Church Review

One of the finest surviving examples of Romanesque architecture is Kilmalkedar, 8 km (5 miles) northeast of Baile an Fheirtéaigh (Ballyferriter). Although the Christian settlement dates from the 7th century, the present structure was built in the 12th century. Native builders integrated foreign influences with their own traditions, keeping the blank arcades and round-headed windows but using stone roofs, sloping doorway jambs, and weirdly sculpted heads. Ogham stones and other interestingly carved, possibly pre-Christian stones are on display in the churchyard.

Updated: 04-10-2014

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