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Pre-Romanesque Sites

Below is an illustrated index of the 6 Pre-Romanesque sites profiled on Sacred Destinations so far. For photo credits, please see corresponding articles.



  • Akdamar Church
    Eastern Anatolia, Turkey
    The Church of the Holy Cross on Akdamar Island is a ruined Armenian cathedral dating from 921 AD. Beautifully situated on Lake Van, the church is famed for its fascinating medieval sculptures.
  • Glendalough
    County Wicklow, Ireland
    This ancient monastic settlement in a spectacular natural setting was founded by St. Kevin, a hermit monk (d.618). Its extensive ruins include several churches and a graceful round tower.
  • Kolocep Island Churches
    Croatia
    Kolocep is the nearest of the Elaphite Islands to Dubrovnik and has been a popular summer retreat for city dwellers since the 16th century. It is dotted with a number of small pre-Romanesque churches.
  • Riasc Monastic Settlement
    County Kerry, Ireland
    This remote site on the Dingle Peninsula is home to impressive ruins of a 6th-century monastery and an important carved stone.
  • Santa Cecilia in Trastevere
    Rome, Italy
    This church and active convent was built in the 9th century over the house of St. Cecilia, a 3rd-century martyr. It has a Byzantine apse mosaic upstairs and Roman excavations below.
  • Skellig Michael
    County Kerry, Ireland
    From 588 to 1100 AD, this dramatic rocky island hosted the tiny beehive huts of hermit monks.