This ancient site of two churches and a graveyard (the 7 Churches name comes from other buildings on the site that most likely were homes of the monks) is fascinating. One passes through the wall and the quietness of the site takes over.
The combination of new and old tombstones in the cemetary adds to the feeling as well.
We biked here from Kilmurvey - it is a bit far from the port of Kilmurvey is one only has a few hours on the island. Yet another argument for spending the night!
Around 800 A.D, the Irish church encouraged people to go on pilgrimage to remote places in the Ireland, and Inishmore was one of the chosen destinations.
This site, Na Seacht dTempaill, known as "Seven Churches", now only two churches and they are made of stone (maybe others were made with wood). Temple Brecan, the church dedicated to St. Brecan is standing in the center. Brecan was probably a patron of the royal O’Brien dynasty of North Munster. It was originally built around 1200, later extended and a chancel arch was added. There are rectangular houses around the churches, which may be the only pilgrim hostels to survive from Late Medieval Ireland.
It's the most important monastic site of the island and it’ss situated nearby the village of Eoghanacht. Although they are called the 7 churches it are the remains of only two churches (Teampall Bhreacáin and Teampall an Phoill). The other buildings were simple rooms for the monks
It's the most important monastic site of the island and it’ss situated nearby the village of Eoghanacht. Although they are called the 7 churches it are the remains of only two churches (Teampall Bhreacáin and Teampall an Phoill). The other buildings were simple rooms for the monks.
The known information over (Bhreacáin) Brecan comes mostly from some phrases of a poem out the 15 century about the life of the Saint: it seems that he reached the Aran islands between the 5 and 6 century and that he destroyed a pagan idol taking his name and converting the pagan Sanctuary to a Christian monastery.
The church of Brecan is also the largest building of the complex and is constructed over many years, adding part by part. At the inside of this church you can find some ancient inscriptions.
The other church (an Phoill) is of rectangular shape and is build in the 15-16 century. This church is located in the South-west area of the complex.
The other buildings were probably used as houses for the monks.
There is a small rectangular area that probably is the burial place of Brecan. Here you can find a piece of a tombstone in which the name of the Saint is engraved.
You can see others gravestones in the area of the complex, the inscriptions ask for a prayer for the deceased person.
In this area there are some holy wells and they discovered many fragments of high crosses, some dating back to the 12 century.
There are ancient slabs commemorating seven Romans who died here, testifying to the far-reaching influence of Aran’s monastic teaching. The site is in fact that of two churches and several domestic buildings, dating from the 8th to the 13th centuries. There are also parts of three high crosses, and in the southeast corner of the graveyard, alongside the slabs of the Romans, lie several 9th century slabs incised with crosses and inscriptions.
Ruins of old seven old churches that belonged to a monestary. You can find some lovely high crosses here!