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 to 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 things 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 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 with it 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 which still exist in Galway today.

UNIQUE BURIAL SITES & TOMBS

Explore the fascinating burial sites and tombs throughout Galway which 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

Discover roadside shrines & crosses and learn about their significance to the local area. Uncover remote places which once played a significant religious role in centuries gone by and admire the detailed statues and sculptures to be seen throughout Galway.

STONE CIRCLES & STANDING STONES

Transport yourself back to many centuries ago and explore stone circles and standing stones still in existence throughout Galway. It is believed that these standing stones and stone circles may have been used for spiritual rituals and ceremonies!

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