Temple Cronan - History

History

Based on archaeological evidence, it has been concluded that Temple Cronan was built to serve as a pagan temple. Archaeological evidence shows that the building had a window on the eastern wall as well as a small "Cyclopean" doorway on the west side of the building, which is currently blocked by rubble. More conventional archaeologists see a 12th-century building, perhaps replacing one founded by one of the two much earlier Saint Cronans, one of Roscrea, who died in 640, and Cronan Mochua, who died in 637. There are Romanesque carved stone human and animal heads at irregular points along the wall as decoration, several apparently not in their original location. Some parts of an older construction, such as part of a doorway, may have been reused in 12th century construction. In the twelfth century Temple Cronan was a site for pilgrimages. The building was most likely renovated again in the fifteenth century as is evidenced by a pointed door opening.

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