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Irish Round Towers

33 32 a WoMan WIth an ansWer but several more questions In the 1870s a remarkable woman, Miss Margaret Stokes, pointed out that there were some very ancient round bell towers, or campanili, beside the Byzantine basilicas of Ravenna. But why should the Irish have copied them Miss Stokes looked desperately for an explanation. Perhaps there were once similar bell towers in northern Europe, which wandering Irish monks could have seen them more easily. But then why had they all disappeared Miss Stokes found one round medieval tower in Brittany, and then noticed that many large Romanesque churches had round towers attached to their western facades. They were centuries later than the earliest Irish ones, and housed staircases, but externally they looked so similar that she could not believe there was no connection. But what Where were the earlier ones in Europe, apart from the examples in Ravenna, and why should the Irish have even known about these Had the rest of Europe trekked to Ireland and then copied its towers That was just too implausable. It was equally implausible that Irishmen built Europes big Romanesque churches, as they failed to build anything on that scale at home.
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