Castledermot Round Tower, Castledermot

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Castledermot Round Tower is a 10th-century round tower in Castledermot, County Kildare, Ireland. The tower, and the high crosses nearby, are a National Monument.BuildingThe tower is complete, although the original cap has been replaced with battlements. It is composed of rounded granite boulders embedded in mortar.HistoryCastledermot was founded as a monastic settlement c. 800 AD. The bishop-poet Cormac mac Cuilennáin was buried here in AD 938 and the round tower was probably built around that time. The community ceased to exist some time after 1073.The crossesThere are two high crosses: The north cross depicts David, the Binding of Isaac and the miracles of Jesus.The south cross depicts the Arrest of Jesus, Daniel, and Adam and Eve.
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  • Located in county kildare but actually Carlow is your closest main town and you can get here by motorway. This is easy to miss and its not on the main toursit guidebook list. However it is worth a sto...  more »
  • The St. James Church in Castledermot is home to a round tower, two 9th century high crosses, and the only Viking hogback (burial) stone in Ireland. We wandered the grounds a bit, noting the (reconstru...  more »
  • You could driveway this and think that it was jus another churchyard but it is worth a stop. Not only is there a high cross there but there is one of the only Christian Viking graves in Europe in the ...  more »
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  • The view on top of the tower is amazing. It's a good place to visit if you go to Kildare Village. Only about 5 minutes walk from the outlet.
  • Free access to the site. Typical Irish tower but quite tall.
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  • If you have visited the Church, be sure to climb the tower. It's a bit of a chore, and it's tight, but then you get to see beautiful views of the area around.
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