Architecture of Ireland
Much of Ireland's oldest remaining architecture is either
church or castle architecture. One of the most notable early Christian sights being
Skellig Michael (600s), which is situated on an island off the coast of Ireland.
Most of the other architecture from this time, and even as late as the 1700s has
fallen into ruins. Nearly everywhere in the country stone walls, buildings, and
bases are left standing, but few are complete structures.
Some old castles and churches have been restored, the most impressive of which include
Bunratty Castle in County Claire (1200-1300s; rebuilt in the 1900s). Among the early
churches including St Canice's Cathedral (1200s) in Kilkenny, St Mary's
(1100s) in Limerick, and Rock of Cashel (1100-1200s) in County Munster, all of which
are in the Romanesque style. Later Gothic churches include Christ Church Cathedral
(1000-1400s) and Saint Patrick's Cathedral (1100-1300s), both in Dublin.