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St. Patrick's Church
 

County

Mayo

Coordinates

N 53° 53' 37.02"   W 008° 40' 22.14"

Nearest town

Charlestown

Grid Ref.

M 55575 94012

Map No.

32

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

112

Date of visit

Friday 26 June 2015

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The ruins of the small church among hundreds of grave slabs and markers.


Probably this is one the most beautiful things that we've ever seen. A small ancient church with an altar in position. All around the church is the largest collection of Tau Crosses ever seen!
The place is called St. Patrick's Cemetery, so I can only presume that the church had been dedicated to the same saint.
The church is rather square in plan, it measure about 6 metres by 6 metres and the altar stands against the southeast (110°) wall, though I think it's been erected from spare slabs in relatively recent times.
There's a nice slightly pointed arch doorway in the west wall made with flagstones. The few other stones remaining around the doorway are adorned by slightly curved stone blocks.
The south wall is the tallest part of the ruined building, the east wall reduces its height towards north. The north wall is almost missing.
There are fragments from the jambs of the windows at the entrance.
The surrounding cemetery is literally carpeted with grave slabs and grave markers. Some slabs are quite interesting, there are some beautiful simple and plain crosses like at , one of them reminds me of the . But what enchants the visitor is the large number of Tau Crosses.
A place to see!


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