Saints and Stones: St. Brigid's Cathedral and Kildare Round Tower
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St Brigid's Cathedral is a Norman structure built in 1223 and is most likely the site of the original pagan shrine to the goddess Brigid and the later early Christian foundation and church of St. Brigid.

The grounds of the cathedral contain a number of fascinating links to the early history of the site including a 110 foot 12th Century round tower, the second highest in Ireland, a Celtic cross, and St. Brigid's Fire Temple, an ancient oratory where, according to local lore, St. Brigid's Fire was kept alight. The interior of the cathedral has a collection of carvings ranging from early Christian to Norman and later.

About St. Brigid's Cathedral and Kildare Round Tower

Irish Antiquities: Kildare Cathedral & Round Tower
Wikipedia: Irish Round Towers
New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia: St. Brigid of Ireland
Wikipedia: Brigid of Kildare
Wikipedia: Brigid's Cross

Journey to St. Brigid's Cathedral and Kildare Round Tower

St. Brigid's Cathedral and Kildare Round Tower are in Market Square in the center of the town of Kildare town in County Kildare, Ireland. The round tower next to the cathedral is accessible to visitors.

Ordnance Survey Map (N7212)

Visitors Information

Visitors information may be found at the geograph.ie website. General tourist information may be found at the Kildare Information for Tourists website.

Additional Photos of St. Brigid's Cathedral and Kildare Round Tower

Reader Board, St. Brigid's Cathedral
St. Brigid's Cathedral
St. Brigid's Cathedral and High Cross
Sign for St. Brigid's Fire Temple, St. Brigid's Cathedral
St. Brigid's Fire Temple, St. Brigid's Cathedral
Sign at Kildare Round Tower
Kildare Round Tower
Entrance to Kildare Round Tower
Side of Kildare Round Tower
Foundation of Kildare Round Tower
Gargoyle-Drain Pipe, St. Brigid's Cathedral
Gargoyle-Drain Pipe, St. Brigid's Cathedral
Statue of St. Brigid in Kildare Town

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