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Ratass Church


"Beautiful ruined church with Ogham stone"

The ruins of this little church stand surrounded by a multitude of graves. It is estimated that the church was originally built in the 7th or 8th century, but an Ogham stone and cross-slab inside the church suggest the site had an even earlier significance. The large stones in the walls of the nave date from the 7th or 8th century. It is curious that further building was built in sandstone when this is a limestone area. In the 12th century, the chancel was added. There are antae projecting out from the west gable, recalling wooden church design. One of the church's best features is the round-headed Romanesque window on the east wall. Unusually, this window has an internal moulding.
Ratass, Tralee, Republic of Ireland, V92 DX62
"Beautiful ruined church with Ogham stone"
The ruins of this little church stand surrounded by a multitude of graves. It is estimated that the church was originally built in the 7th or 8th century, but an Ogham stone and cross-slab inside the church suggest the site had an even earlier significance. The large stones in the walls of the nave date from the 7th or 8th century. It is curious that further building was built in sandstone when this is a limestone area. In the 12th century, the chancel was added. There are antae projecting out from the west gable, recalling wooden church design. One of the church's best features is the round-headed Romanesque window on the east wall. Unusually, this window has an internal moulding.
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