Kilmalkedar Christian Site, Kerry

Just 3 kilometers on from the Gallarus Oratory is Kilmalkedar. This Early Christian and later Medieval site is spread over a large area of around 10 acres. Although the history of this site is associated with St. Brendan, it is thought to have been founded by St. Maolcethair, a local saint. At the centre of this area are the remains of the 12th century Hiberno-Romanesque Church. It consists of a Nave and Chancel with the chancel being a later addition. It was one of a number of stone-roofed churches in Ireland.

Kilmalkedar Church, Kerry

Access to the church is through a gorgeous inclined romanesque doorway. It has three orders and a round head with a projecting hood made from red and green stone.

Entry doorway to Kilmalkedar Church, Kerry

The green keystone, seen in the image below, is a carved head.

Keystone of entry doorway to Kilmalkedar Church, Kerry

Inside the church, one finds blind arcades, a beautifully decorated chancel arch and other wonderful details.

A blind arcade in the nave of Kilmalkedar Church, Kerry

Chancel arch in the nave of Kilmalkedar Church, Kerry

The church is surrounded by a densely populated graveyard, with the oldest medieval tombs in front of the church.

Graveyard at Kilmalkedar Church, Kerry

Among the antiquities found on this site are the Alphabet Stone, a holed ogham stone, a sun dial, a large stone cross, two Holy Wells, two Bullaun stones, St Brendans Oratory and numerous cross slabs.

Early Christian cross at Kilmalkedar Church, Kerry

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