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Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches)

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Address: Province of Connacht, Ireland
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A must-see

I was able to take a look at this site very quickly on our tour of the whole island with Aran Mini Bus Tours (Mr. Tom Dirrane). My mom and I really wanted to see the whole island... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2016
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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

This love is great if you're into history or archeology, cool to see the different phases of medieval church building, there's even a few roman graves which is pretty awesome. It's a bit out of the way (about a mile past the big fort) so if you've taken the ferry from doolin (you'll have more time taking from Galway) and... More 

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Reviewed 29 January 2017

Of the attractions on the island, this is about the easiest to visit. It's right off of the main road, so not much hiking is required. If you love ruins, definitely check it out. They're old and cool. Pretty typical of ruins though.

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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 24 October 2016

I was able to take a look at this site very quickly on our tour of the whole island with Aran Mini Bus Tours (Mr. Tom Dirrane). My mom and I really wanted to see the whole island, so we decided to stop for few minutes, enough to have a taste of the place and to take some pictures. It... More 

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Hitchin Herts
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Reviewed 13 October 2016

Most tourists stop here on their tour of the island. In reality it needs a while to take it all in and look at all the little churches and the multiple gravestones and crosses. One of the most remarkable is the base of a cross which depicted Christ on the Cross with the two thieves flanking him. I have never... More 

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Elkhart, Indiana
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Reviewed 28 September 2016

Ruins of seven churches from the 7th or 8th century. They believe a saint is buried there as well. So interesting, but can really only spend about 10 minutes there. Not much to see.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Interesting ruins and 8th century graves of romans. Beautiful area to walk around and peaceful. Need only 15 minutes

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Greenville, South Carolina
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Reviewed 15 September 2016

This sight is just history and if you do the Aran Island Day Tour this should be seen. Your guide should be able to give you all the information about this and it's wonderful to see the locals were smart enough to to preserve this sight. It's also a major grave sight so it will always be available to see.

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Reviewed 7 August 2016

Not top of the list of things to see but if you have the time and have done the major things (particularly if you are staying overnight), add this to your list.

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Carlisle, PA
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Reviewed 28 July 2016

The Churches, other stone ruins and the still-used graveyard are worth a visit, but a short one. There might have been seven buildings in the cluster, but only two of them were actually churches. Read up on the location before you go if you want additional insight into the ecclesiastical history of the place. Otherwise it will just seem like... More 

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Cudahy, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

This site had a monastic settlement going back to the early Middle Ages. The ruins seen here are from centuries later. Like many long abandoned Irish monastic sites, this one is surrounded by a graveyard still in use. The graveyard is almost as interesting as the ruins themselves. It's free. Irish graveyards have more atmosphere on a foggy day.

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