Kilmalkedar ( Irish : Cill Maoilchéadair; German: "Maolcethairs Church") is a Romanesque church ruin on the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland . It is one of the county's ecclesiastical highlights .
The Romanesque church was built in the 12th century over an older monastery, which is said to have been founded by St. Maolcethair († 636) of the Iroschottische Kirche . It consisted of the nave and the choir . The choir was enlarged around 1200. Part of the original stone roof is still there. The Romanesque doorway has a tympanum with a head on one side and an animal on the other. The choir arch also has Romanesque decorations. In the church ruin there is a culturally and historically significant, perforated Ogham stone and a cross slab . A two-story medieval building probably served as a residence for the priests.
Some features indicate that the church was influenced by Cormac's chapel in Cashel . Historical evidence shows connections between the places.
In the cemetery or in the immediate vicinity you can find:
- a holy well
- another cross slab
- an ogham stone particularly high and needle-shaped, with the inscription: M (AI) LE INBIR MACI BROCANN (Mael Inbir son of Brocán)
- a simple high cross
- a sundial
- a house of prayer in the cemetery
- two beehive huts , one of them in the wall
- St. Brendan's house
- St. Brendan's source
- St. Brendan's prayer chair with seven indentations and another prayer chair with one indentation
- Peter Harbison : Guide to National and Historic Monuments of Ireland. Gill & Macmillan Publ., 3rd Edition, Dublin 1992, ISBN 0-7171-3239-0 , p. 109.
Coordinates: 52 ° 11 ′ 5.2 " N , 10 ° 20 ′ 11.5" W.