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Glendalough - Reefert Church
 

County

Wicklow

Coordinates

N 53° 00' 15.18"   W 006° 20' 49.44"

Nearest town

Laragh

Grid Ref.

T 10938 96111

Map No.

56

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

153

Date of visit

Friday 2 June 2017

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The ruins of Reefert church and the surrounding graveyard known as the burial place of the kings.


This beautiful old church is located in a wonderful position among the trees. It sits on an elevated ground with some steps to it.
The church was built in the 11th century on the site of an earlier church.
It has a small chancel and a larger nave with a beautiful chancel arch between the two sections. The doorway in the southwest wall has a massive lintel and large blocks of stone for the jambs that are slightly sloping, as usual in the first Irish churches. The northeast window is narrow and round-headed. Another small and round-headed window is high in the southeast wall. The nave is 10 metres long and 8 metres wide. The chancel is only 3 metres long.
Each corner of the nave has a nice projecting corbel. These were the supports for the beams of the timber roof.
The name Reefert comes from the Irish Righ Fearta Which means "the burial place of the kings". The site has always been known as the burial site of the O'Tooles, the local chieftains. The ground around the church has several beautiful cross and grave markers. The tall cross at the southeast corner of the church has some interlaced patterns carved on its head.
The building is aligned northeast-southwest (65°-245°).


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