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34. Kilfenora, The Burren, County Clare - Part 2 St. Fachtnan's Cathedral and famous High Crosses
The west cross, with a decorated Crucifixion carved on it and St. Fachtnan's Cathedral in the background
St. Fachtnan's Cathedral, the current older parts of the building date from the late 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th century, including the ruined roofless chancel with some rich carving remains and particularly the fine east window.
The stone carved Sedalia in the chancel and the 14th C? Bishop's head above it (note the same carved head of a bishop is seen at Rath Church near Dysert O'Dea)
The magnificently carved triple-light of the 12th century east window of Kilfenora Cathedral.
Details of the top carvings of the east window, with the finely carved capitals.
St Fachtnan's Cathedral's High Crosses are rightly famous for their rich carvings including traditional elaborate Celtic decoration. The 2nd/3rd pictures show the two faces of the twelfth century 'Doorty' Cross. The 4th picture is not very clear!
Gravestones in the porch. These grave slabs date from the 14th century depicting a 'ribbed'! bishop and a cleric, perhaps holding a book?
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