CHURCH OF THE SEVEN DAUGHTERS
The Church of the Seven Daughters, or ‘Teampaill na Seacht nInion’, is a medieval church & graveyard at the western end of the Renvyle peninsula, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the islands of Inishbofin in the Connemara region of Galway.
The church is believed to have been built by a Leinster King or an Omey Island chief in thanks for cures his daughters received from the nearby holy well. As a result of their cure, these seven sisters are said to have preached along the Connemara coast. The church is quite ruinous with just three surviving walls. It has a doorway with a pointed arch in the northern wall and a fine single light window in the eastern wall. The western wall has collapsed and there is no trace of the original roof.
The church is surrounded by a hilly partly overgrown graveyard, which hosts some interesting graves and memorials. One of them is a statue of an angel that has become a sort of icon for the graveyard as a whole. A modern graveyard occupies the flatter ground to the north of the church. An overgrown holy well also dedicated to the seven sisters lies 100m to the north of the church. According to local tradition, this well has healing powers and was visited by pilgrims on certain days of the year.
The Church of the Seven Daughters is not only a place of historical and religious interest, but also a place of scenic beauty and tranquility. You can enjoy the views of the sea and the mountains, listen to the sound of the waves and the wind, and feel the connection with the past and the present. The church is accessible by car or by foot from Renvyle village, and there is a small parking area nearby.
If you are looking for a unique and memorable experience in Connemara, you should definitely visit the Church of the Seven Daughters. It is a hidden gem that will inspire you with its history, culture and nature.
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