Saints and Stones: Na Seacht dTeampaill (The Seven Churches)
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Situated near the village of Eoghanacht in the western part of Inishmore, this site consists, despite the name, of two churches -- Teampall Bhreacain (begun in the 8th Century) and Teampall an Phoill (from the 15th Century) -- as the other buildings are the dwellings of the monks.

Teampall Bhreacain is the largest building and the main church on the site. Nearby is the burial place, marked by a fragment of stone, of St. Breacan. St. Breacan came to the Aran Islands in the late 5th-early 6th Century, around the same time as St. Enda.

A number of other gravestones are found at the site. Four inscribed stone pillars, the oldest on the site, stand out marking a number of graves behind them. Also, there are the remains of two high crosses, one in the monastic grounds and the other in a nearby field.

About Na Seacht dTeampaill (The Seven Churches)

Oileain Arann: Na Seacht dTeampaill
Irish Antiquities: The Seven Churches
New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia: The Monastic School of Aran

Journey to Na Seacht dTeampaill (The Seven Churches)

The Na Seacht dTeampaill site is located near the village of Eoghanacht just off the main coast road in the western part of the Aran Island of Inishmore, County Galway, Ireland.

Ordnance Survey Map (L811121)

Visitors Information

Visitors information may be found at the geograph.ie website. General tourist information may be found at the Visit Aran Islands website.

Additional Photos of Na Seacht dTeampaill (The Seven Churches)

Road Sign for Na Seacht dTeampaill
Approaching Na Seacht dTeampaill
Sign on Teampall Bhreacain, Na Seacht dTeampaill
Teampall Bhreacain, Na Seacht dTeampaill
Interior of Teampall Bhreacain, Na Seacht dTeampaill
Interior Arch of Teampall Bhreacain, Na Seacht dTeampaill
Interior Showing the Altar of Teampall Bhreacain, Na Seacht dTeampaill
Close-Up of Altar of Teampall Bhreacain, Na Seacht dTeampaill
Sign on Teampall An Phoill, Na Seacht dTeampaill
Teampall An Phoill, Na Seacht dTeampaill
St. Breacan Grave Marker, Na Seacht dTeampaill
Inscribed Stone Pillars, Na Seacht dTeampaill
Close-Up of Inscribed Stone Pillars, Na Seacht dTeampaill
Another View of the Graves, Na Seacht dTeampaill
Sign for Thomas the Abbot's Grave, Na Seacht dTeampaill
Sign for the Seven Romans' Grave, Na Seacht dTeampaill
Remains of High Cross on Site, Na Seacht dTeampaill
Remains of High Cross in Nearby Field, Na Seacht dTeampaill

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