RELIGIOUS & SPIRITUAL

RELIGIOUS & SPIRITUAL
ATTRACTIONS IN GALWAY

Religion and spiritual beliefs have been in existence for centuries in Galway, and this is evident in the remains of religious and spiritual places dotted throughout the county. These religious and spiritual beliefs have played a significant role in the history of Galway, but unfortunately, as history would tell us, these beliefs often led to much turmoil and bloodshed.

Catholicism is the largest religion in Ireland, so many of the religious attractions and features that are found in Galway are associated with this religion. However, you can also find religious and spiritual places throughout Galway which date back to before Christianity was even introduced into Ireland, and others which were introduced under the influence of British invasions into Ireland centuries ago.

You may stumble upon holy wells, crosses, standing stones, stone circles, and more on your travels in Galway, which add to the intrigue of the roadside and the area. In addition, one thing’s for sure, the architectural feat of the buildings that remain today, and even those places now in ruin, is something to behold. With incredible stonework and detailed design, it truly is something beautiful to see.

RELIGIOUS ARCHITECTURE

You’re not going to want to miss seeing the incredible architecture, detailed stonework, and beautiful design of religious buildings throughout Galway. Stand in awe of the amazing engineering feat of these churches and cathedrals built decades ago and appreciate the work that has gone into these remarkable structures.

RELIGIOUS RUINS

Discover places that once were of significant importance for religious and spiritual beliefs. Find century-old churches, abbeys, and monasteries which have now fallen to ruin but still leave behind an interesting history and beautiful features to be uncovered.

HOLY WELLS

Popular places for religious devotion, holy wells in Ireland were also famous for their power to heal diseases, powers which were usually attributed to a patron saint who was believed to have used the water of the well at some point. Learn about the fascinating holy wells that still exist in Galway today.

UNIQUE BURIAL SITES & TOMBS

Explore the fascinating burial sites and tombs throughout Galway that were established over the centuries. See megalithic tombs once used for the deceased, through to more extravagant mausoleums often built for wealthy or notable people for use as their final resting place.

SHRINES, CROSSES & SCULPTURES

Explore roadside shrines and crosses, and delve into their significance within the local area. Discover remote locations that once held significant religious importance in past centuries, and admire the intricate statues and sculptures scattered throughout Galway.

STONE CIRCLES & STANDING STONES

Journey back several centuries and explore the stone circles and standing stones that still exist throughout Galway. It’s believed that these standing stones and stone circles may have served as sites for spiritual rituals and ceremonies.

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