Founded in 1161 AD, by the Cistercian order of monks, Boyle Abbey, Co. Roscommon contains a fine collection of medieval decorated stonework. These pieces are found inside the ruins of the late 12th/early 13th century church and take the form of ornate capitals. Exploiting a variety of decorative motifs, the stone capitals contain images of both humans and animals as well as foliate and floral designs. They are expertly executed and are a testament to the medieval masons who carried out this work 800 years ago. This blog post illustrates some of the finer capitals, which are shown in the photos below.
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Thanks for sharing. I’ve never heard about this place. It is very interesting
Seriously Lovely place. Thank you so much for sharing this post. Images are really stunning. prehistoric stoneworks