The Round Towers of Ireland

A unique feature of the Irish landscape are its free-standing round towers or Cloigtheach, which literally means “bell house”. As their name suggests, they were originally thought to be bell towers, because nearly every tower was found near a Celtic church, though they might have been used for additional purposes, such as for temporary refuge during sudden attacks.

Round Towers of Ireland

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Devenish round tower. Photo: Caroline Johnston/Flickr


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