Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches)

Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches)

Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches)
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kimpete8
winnipeg263 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This was one of several stops on our mini-bus tour of Inis Mor. As with many old churches and monastic sites in Ireland, you must get over your phobia of stepping on graves, because you really can't enter the site otherwise. The cemetary has been in use for over 2000 years, and is still in use today, so it existed long before Christianity came to Ireland. The ruins of the monastery are interesting, though not spectacular, and try as we might, we couldn't count seven of them.
Written July 15, 2006
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LotusExplorerTravels
Streamwood, IL1,167 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
This was the second stop on our tour were we were able to see the ruins of churches and walk through the graveyard. It was interesting to see the old stone structures of the churches and the gravestones.
Written February 18, 2020
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John D
Holmes, PA97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
I suppose we all travel for different reasons but if you are fascinated or even a bit curious about history then a stop here on your tour of the island is perfect. Technically only two churches there is some history on the website as to how it may have been given the term Seven Churches, each of them interesting.

Our tour guide informed us that the ruins date to the 8th century however the gravesite is still in use by some on the island. If you can imagine this church on the island of Inis Mor being a site of pilgrimage then you can sense how important this must have been considering the journey across the bay at that time to get here.

These are the types of places that can cause one to reflect on things greater than themselves or at least that is the effect it had on me. It won't take very long to see everything here so please stop along your travels and enjoy the history.
Written January 24, 2019
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James H
Huntsville16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
Enjoyed our bus tour with Noel Mahan. He dropped us by to explore a bit and take photos. Lovely ruined churches and ancient grave yard.
Written August 30, 2018
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lobstaluva
Springfield, MA620 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Friends
This site is located on the west side of Inis Mor and is quite interesting. Although it is known as”Seven Churches” only two of the foundations are actually churches. The larger one, St Brecan’s Church, was built over the 8th to 13th centuries. It has some lovely stonework, a large arch and an inscription in Gaelic translated as “Pray for the two Canons.” The smaller Church of the Hollow was built in the 15th century. There are five other foundations that are thought to be dwellings where devotees lived. There are several theories as to why this site was called Seven Churches. The first obvious one is that there are seven foundations. Second, there are supposedly seven saints buried there and marked with Celtic crosses. The third theory is that the site was one of seven on an early Roman pilgrimage trail. There are many Celtic crosses and graves, and one stone is, in fact, engraved “VII ROMAN.” There is another stone marked “TOMAS AP”..... Thomas the Apostle. As we departed this mysterious site I was left with questions unanswered about a time long ago.
Written December 13, 2017
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Colette400
new jersey22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Family
I'm a sucker for this stuff where christianity meets celts, the ruins have crosses with ancient celtic carvings and the people are still being buried there. the people there are so connected to their culture and they are more than happy to share with visitors.
Written September 4, 2015
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Hannibal_biker
Turin71 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Friends
Ancient saints and a bolthole from Rome on the edge of the known world. This sacred space is still a place of pilgrimage nearly 1400 years later.
Written August 31, 2015
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Scotlandmac
Glasgow, UK14,113 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Attractive remains of two churches which we stopped off at as part of our cycle from Kilronan and after visiting Dun Aonghosa.
Nothing amazing as such, but a bucolic setting for the lovely ruins down a short, slightly steep road.
Written May 22, 2023
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AlexanderD
Jackson, NJ5,612 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
This ruined complex is worth the effort. We biked all the way there. Most cyclists turned back long before we reached the Seven Churches so by the time we got there we had the place almost to ourselves. We explored the ruins, soaking in the history. Of particular interest to me was a series of grave markers dating back to the 7th or 8th Centuries. You could still make out the carvings and some words. These are tucked away in the corner but worth seeking out.
Written August 8, 2018
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trarecar
Round Rock, TX29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
First off, hiring a private horse and trap guide when you get off the ferry is the way to go on the island. I saw so many people struggling on their bikes and the island is bigger and hiller than you'd expect. You don't even need to book in advance. Several will be waiting when you get off the boat and will take you straight away with a "yes!". I paid ours a little extra to go to the Seven Churches, because I wanted to take pictures there, and I don't think it's on their usual island route. He did it gladly, though. It was nice to do it that way because you're not there with a bunch of other people on the little tour buses that are flying around the island. For a short time I had the whole place to myself and was able to take many stunning pictures without having to worry about people in the background.
Written August 4, 2017
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