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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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  • We toured the grounds of St. Clement's when we stayed on Harris. Beautiful architecture and fascinating cemetery to explore. Limited on-street side parking, but not crowded at all. Take a flashlight a...  more »
  • Take a wee while to read the information on the boards inside the church and enjoy the historic atmosphere. Rodel is a great place to walk and you will find lots of sea glass on the pebble shores arou...  more »
  • worth getting here although you think that the road will never end. Information boards inside telling you the history of the Church and if you do the climb up the tower you get a nice surprise at the ...  more »
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  • Interesting wee historical site
  • A igrexa impresiona polo seu aspecto de fortaleza. O templo ten unha vinculación moi estreita cos MacLeod, e no interior hai varias tumbas do clan, entre elas a de Alasdair MacLeod, oitavo xefe do clan. Tamén din que no entorno estaría enterrada a poeta Mary MacLeod.
  • Beautiful church