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Picture of the Week- Irish Round Tower at Glendalough

Thursday, October 24, 2013 | | Short Takes

Irish round towers (Irish: Cloigtheach (singular), Cloigthithe (plural) – literally “bell house”) are early medieval stone towers of a type found mainly in Ireland.


 

Irish round towers (IrishCloigtheach (singular), Cloigthithe (plural) – literally “bell house”) are early medieval stone towers of a type found mainly in Ireland, with two in Scotlandand one on the Isle of Man. Though there is no certain agreement as to their purpose, it is thought they were principally bell towers, places of refuge, or a combination of these.

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