Devenish Island, County Fermanagh

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Devenish Island, County Fermanagh

This is truly a monastic site that has to be seen on any tours of Ireland.


It is an island on Lough Erne, near Enniskillen, in the North of Ireland.

The island is accessible by boat only.


The monastery was founded by Saint Molaise in the 6th century.

There are a really interesting group of ecclesiastical remains.


The best-preserved building, and perhaps the most impressive, is the round tower.

It stands just over 82 feet high.

The tower has a finely sculptured cornice, which is unusual for a round tower.


The Great Church has an interesting Romanesque window.

Saint Marys Abbey is a Gothic structure built in 1449 and has a quadrangular belfry tower.


In the Abbey cemetery is a seven-foot cross of unknown date, decorated with intricate carvings.


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