Unique 12th century Romanesque sculptures in an historic village

The Kilteel Monastic Ruins are located in the historic village of Kilteel in county Kildare. This national monument dates to the 12th century and it’s Romanesque chancel arch is unique in Ireland for the fact that it has figure sculpture. You can see Adam and Eve, a man drinking out of a horn, an acrobat, David with the head of Goliath, Samson and the Lion, 2 bearded faces, an abbot with a crozier and a few other figures. This sleepy village was once an important settlement as close by are the remains of a 6th century monastery, a 15th century castle (also a national monument) and even has the highest pub in county Kildare (The Kilteel Inn – a national monument to drinking).