'Seven Churches' : Monastic Settlement

Grid RefL 811 121
GPSL 81106 12065 (3m)
Longitude9° 46' 37.77" W
Latitude53° 8' 45.06" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownKilcronan (7.8 Km)
OS Sheets51A, 51
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Seven Churches - Inishmore - High CrossSeven Churches - Inishmore - Grave or Cross Slab
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 6th June 2010

This is a very early monastic settlement and it's a beauty. Although it is called Seven Churches, there is actually only one church here: the rest of the buildings are where the monks lived. These seven buildings are tightly packed into a very small enclosure.

The church is known as Teampall Bhreacain. It was built in the 8th Century and was later extended to the south. In the 10th Century a chancel was added and later the doorway was moved in the Mediaeval period to the south wall.

The main attraction at the site are the cross slabs that are said to mark the burial place of seven saints. These are beautiful and we visited at just the right time and in just the right weather to see them at their best (see subsite). There is also the shaft of a high cross that is very different to any other I have yet seen. It is quite slender and has a nice Celtic artwork panel at the bottom of the shaft (see subsite).

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About Coordinates Displayed

This is an explanation of (and a bit of a disclaimer for) the coordinates I provide.

Where a GPS figure is given this is the master for all other coordinates. According to my Garmin these are quite accurate.

Where there is no GPS figure the 6 figure grid reference is master for the others. This may not be very accurate as it could have come from the OS maps and could have been read by eye. Consequently, all other cordinates are going to have inaccuracies.

The calculation of Longitude and Latitude uses an algorithm that is not 100% accurate. The long/lat figures are used as a basis for calculating the UTM & ITM coordinates. Consequently, UTM & ITM coordinates are slightly out.

UTM is a global coordinate system - Universal Transverse Mercator - that is at the core of the GPS system.

ITM is the new coordinate system - Irish Transverse Mercator - that is more accurate and more GPS friendly than the Irish Grid Reference system. This will be used on the next generation of Irish OS maps.

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