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Glendalough - Priests' House Church
 

County

Wicklow

Coordinates

N 53° 00' 37.4"   W 006° 19' 39.1"

Nearest town

Laragh

Grid Ref.

T 12311 96793

Map No.

56

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

145

Date of visit

Tuesday 4 September 2012

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The Priests' House seen from the southeast. In the distance is the round tower


The original purpose of this small Romanesque building is unknown, probably it had safely housed the relics of St. Kevin.
The name of this building comes from the practice to bury the deceased priests in the 18th century. There are four elegant graveslabs on the north wall inside the building dating from this period. On the other side of the same wall, outside the building, is a very old and plain graveslab. It's 1.31 metres tall, 56 centimetres wide and 11 centimetres thick. To the west of the building there's an old stone cross that is 1.21 metres tall, with the arms 74 centimetres wide, and the shaft that measures 30 centimetres in width and 13 centimetres in thickness.
The east end of the building is adorned with a decorated arch and a small splayed window.
This church was almost completely rebuilt using the original stones, the reconstruction was based on a sketch that the Dutch draughtsman Gabriel Beranger made in 1779.

We came here twice in the past. The first time on July 6th, 1994. The second time on May 20th, 2002.


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