Old Kilcullen Round Tower and High Crosses, Co. Kildare
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Description

On a hill around 3km southeast from Kilcullen (Bridge) is the site of the original settlement, now known as Old Kilcullen, featuring the scant remains of a Romanesque church, the stump of a round tower, two shafts of high crosses and the base of another cross. A monastery was founded here in the 5th century by St Patrick. Ancient history books such as the Annals of the Four Masters tell of terrible Danish attacks on Kilcullen in 936 and 944. The Round Tower is approximately 13m high and the top parts suffered a lot in 1798. The round-headed doorway, which is about 1.7m high at maximum, is about 2m above ground level. The "decorated high cross" has four illustrated faces, with a range of panels. It did not survive intact - it is known that it was leaning by 1862, and later lay on the ground for some years, and when it was remounted in the late 19th century, parts of at least one panel were lost, and parts of the panel which had been facing upwards had been badly eroded. The "plain high cross" may have had the beginnings of decoration, but has no finished ornamentation.

More about Round Towers you will find HERE.
More about Monastic Sites in Ireland you will find HERE.

Admission

Free

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