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St Clement's Church, Isle of Harris

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St Clement's Church is a fifteenth-century church in Rodel, Harris, Scotland, built for the Chiefs of the MacLeods of Harris. It is dedicated to Pope Clement I. It is sometimes known as Eaglais Roghadail or Rodal Church.ArchitectureThe church was built using local Lewisian gneiss rock. Its ground plan is cruciform and there is a tower at the west end, accessible through a door at the west end of the nave and a set of stone staircases and wooden ladders. The choir and the sanctuary with the high altar, which used to be separated by the nave by a wooden screen, are located at the opposite east end of the church. In the transepts leading off from the nave on both sides, there are additional chapels, the entrance door points nord and leads to nave. The architectural style is essentially that of 1520 to 1550.In 1528, Alasdair Crotach MacLeod, 8th Chief, prepared for himself a magnificent wall tomb on the south side of the choir - possibly the finest medieval wall tomb in Scotland, being crowned by an arch and ornated by carvings of biblical design. The 9th Chief, Alasadair or Alexander's son William, had his grave prepared in the south wall of the nave in 1539. In the south transept, there is a third grave probably belonging to John MacLeod of Minginish, the 10th Chief. There are five more grave slabs leaning against the wall of the north transept. The graveyard surrounding the church contains a number of MacLeod tombs.
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  • This quaint little church which was once only accessible b y the sea is worth a visit. Some of it is under restoration at the back. Quiet location.  more »
  • I believe this is the oldest medieval church in the hebrides, although abaondoned after the reformation in the 16th century the church has been periodically restored. The inside is spartan (like all p...  more »
  • Lots of history nice place to visit, we drove down during our visit. Lovely church well kept! Worth a visit also free of charge  more »
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  • Start your tour early in the morning, reaching this spot and feeling you push to the world's edge. You will found an ancient small church with more secrets to be unravelled than the touristic spot of Roslin. And all of this... For free! A great must see in Harris.
  • Really nice church, it deserves a visit
  • Well worth a visit.
  • Incredible church.
  • Nice place to visit

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