Sacred Places and Christian Buildings in Medieval Ireland

University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Sacred Places and Christian Buildings in Medieval Ireland

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Anthropology, Archaeology, Celtic Studies, History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This module presents and discusses places in the Irish landscape where Christian foundations were established during the medieval period. Using case studies of some 12 of the great monasteries, such as Armagh, Clonfert and Clonmacnoise, it addresses why particular places became centres of Christian saintly cults and how they developed and changed through time. An appreciation of the styles and influences in
    Irish ecclesiastical buildings and in architectural and portable sculpture to c.1200 AD is integral to this study and treated in relation to the major movements, such as Romanesque, in British and Continental European church architecture.

    N.B. A field class at a medieval church site in Ireland is a compulsory feature of this module and will be held on Saturday 16 November. 80% of the overall marks for the module are awarded for an assessment conducted during the field class.

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