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Saint Kevin’s Kitchen, better known as Saint Kevin at Glendalough, is a small and very unique chapel church that is located in the glacial valley of Glendalough, in the County of Wicklow, within the Republic of Ireland.

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Definitely one of the most unusual features of the small church is the round tower, or the belfry, where it has a conical cap and it is integrated with the church. Sometimes it is believed that the bell tower was a chimney to a kitchen, due to its size and shape, thus Saint Kevin’s Kitchen, however, it has never been used as such.

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Dedicated to the Irish saint who is known as the founder and first abbot of Glendalough, the chapel is a great example of a builder’s desire to integrate a circular belltower within a rectangular church, creating this Irish treasure as a historic landmark of the eastern part of the country. Standing three floors high, the tower can be accessed from the upper croft chamber of the church roof.

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The roof itself is a different and unique story, as it is constructed entirely from cordelled stone in a steep shape. Internally, the chapel is supported by a semi-circular vault, where a wooden upper floor can be seen with the access to the roof chamber.

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There are no certain sources which would claim whether there was only a nave built when it was constructed in 12 century, but nowadays we are able to see the rectangular church that is surrounded by a stone wall marking the church’s grounds, with another smaller object right next to it.

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Surrounded with the stupendous Irish nature, Saint Kevin’s Kitchen is attracting visitors who would like to gaze at the unusual stone formation that was carved out by magnificent Irish builders.

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