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"Romanesque Structure!"

The small village of Clonfert is home to an elegant monastery that flaunts an imposing Romanesque architecture. It was a booming centre of learning for centuries, and an anticipated 3,000 monks lived there. The church is famous for its 12th century Hiberno-Romanesque doorway. The doorway has six layers of classic sandstone carvings and is a beautiful piece of art. The interior of the monastery has some interesting highlights including a 15th-century chancel arch, a rosette, and a motif of a mermaid.

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Clonfert Cathedral

Clonfert Cathedral is a cathedral of the Church of Ireland in Clonfert, County Galway in Ireland. It is in the ecclesiastical province of Dublin. Previously the cathedral of the Diocese of Clonfert, it is now one of three cathedrals in the United Dioceses of Limerick and Killaloe.

The current building was erected in the 12th century at the site of an earlier 6th century church founded by Saint Brendan, which was associated with a monastery he founded and at which he was buried. The Dean of the Cathedral is the Very Reverend Gary Paulsen who is also Dean of Killaloe, Dean of Kilfenora and both Dean and Provost of Kilmacduagh


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