Castledermot, Romanesque Arch, Co. Kildare.

Description and History – This is a lovely archway and very well reconstructed.  The area over the arch is the only part that looks like it is not genuine.  The archway is similar to the Romanesque arch at Roscrea in Co. Tipperary with the large chevron designs.  There are two levels of these large chevrons resting on decorated, but highly eroded, capitals.  The arch's pillars are rounded and plain.  The arches doorway of the protestant church has copied the design of the Romanesque arch which adds a nice symmetry between the old and the new.  This site is very picturesque.

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View of the arch with the round tower in the background.

The capitals.

Note the large chevron designs.