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Irish Round Towers

13 12 doors and WIndoWs up in the air Nearly all the towers have entrances well above ground level. This is usually explained as being so the defenders of the monastery could pull up their ladders during an attack. However some have ground level doorways, and others are so high that ladders tall enough to reach them would not fit inside. A few doorways are carved, but the towers are striking for their simplicity, contrasting starkly with the monasteries ornate high crosses. The windows are also simple, some square, some roundheaded, some triangular, marking the changes from the angularity of early Irish forms to the curves of true arches. The later towers did in fact break away from simple forms and in indulge in Romanesque ornamentation, usually to the doors, but once to the cornice Devenish, and once to a window see Timahoe below. Antrim Clonmacnoise Swords Kilmacduagh Roscom Lusk Lusk Lusk Cashel Dysert Aengus Dysert Aengus Timahoe Kells Kells Dysert Aengus
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