Unlike some of Ireland’s other Romanesque churches—which can have very simple structures—Cormec’s Chapel features complex arches and amazingly intricate designs. On the chapel’s impressively preserved interior, a sarcophagus was uncovered that could possibly contain the body of Cormec himself, although more impressive than the ancient tomb are the Romanesque frescoes which are believed to be the oldest wall paintings in Ireland.
Outside the church, in the surrounding graveyard, classic Celtic high crosses dot the grassy landscape and a round tower built in 1101 rises high above the fields. Beneath the entrance, at the Hall of the Vicars Choral, a small museum highlights pieces that have been excavated from the knoll, and even if you aren’t devoutly religious, there’s no denying the powerful feelings that are found on this sacred mound.
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