Corcomroe Abbey, Bell Harbour

#8 of 35 in Historic Sites in County Clare
Religious Site · Tourist Spot
Corcomroe Abbey (Irish: Mainistir Chorca Mrua) is an early 13th-century Cistercian monastery located in the north of the Burren region of County Clare, Ireland, a few miles east of the village of Ballyvaughan in the Barony of Burren. It was once known as "St. Mary of the Fertile Rock", a reference to the Burren's fertile soil.

The Romanesque ruins feature stone carvings that are considered to be among the finest in a Cistercian church in Ireland. The abbey appears in W.B. Yeats' play The Dreaming of Bones. They constitute a National Monument and are open to the public.

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  • Don’t be disappointed because it is basically a ruin. Go in, walk about, feel history come in on you. Think of what this Abbey must have been in its glory day. It was majestic and it still shows. The....  more »
  • The history of these sites is just amazing and it always gives me a feeling of awe to be able to walk around something built in the 12th century. The Abbey is set in a valley and you can see it from....  more »
  • Really beautiful old abbey. Very peaceful. Worth the stop.
  • Well worth a visit and look around this very old Abbey and new Burials...

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