ARCHITECT, Irish
(active 12th century in Ireland)

Exterior view

12th century
Photo
Monastery, Glendalough, County Wicklow

St. Kevin's Church better known as St. Kevin's Kitchen is a nave-and-chancel church of the 12th century. It is called St Kevin's kitchen because people believed that the bell tower was a chimney to a kitchen but really no food was ever cooked there. This stone-roofed building originally had a nave only, with entrance at the west end and a small round-headed window in the east gable. The belfry with its conical cap and four small windows rises from the west end of the stone roof in the form of a miniature round tower.

St. Kevin's Kitchen is situated in the monastery complex set in a steep valley on the eastern edge of the Wicklow Mountains. The monastery owed its origin to St Kevin (d. 618), who chose this wild, lonely spot as the site of a hermitage. A century later it had become a flourishing monastery, teeming with pilgrims and students; it retained its vitality until the end of the 12th century despite the sequence of fires, plunderings, and other disasters mentioned in the annals. The chief relics of the ancient monastery are an impressive round tower and the ruins of at least nine Romanesque or pre-Romanesque churches scattered for about 2 km along the valley.

The photo shows St. Kevin's Kitchen.




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