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Irish Round Towers

The towers positioning also followed a pattern. They usually stand near the western end of the monasterys most important church, with their doors pointing at the church entrance. This inspired one historian to propose an explanation Groups of pilgrims would visit a monastery, see its holy sites, adore its religious images, and attend its rituals. The towers bells would ring out for the more significant moments, and then, from its high doorway, the monks would display the communitys holiest possessions to the crowd as they emerged from the church. Such monkish theatrics were a normal and deliberate ingredient of church ritual. The annals reveal that ancient bells, crosiers, relics and manuscripts were certainly stored in the towers in times of danger. Of course, each tower has a different story to tell, but here are four examples to give some idea of them ... 14 sItIng looking at the way in 15 Kilbannon Inisceltra
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