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French Mausoleum  ~  Monivea
 
 
Nestling in a clearing in the trees of Monivea Wood is what at first appears to be a tiny castle, perhaps 25 feet on a side and thirty high.

Its rough stone blocks bring to mind a Norman church, while the castellations round the top and tiny turret hint at a more martial inspiration.

French Mausoleum at Monivea County Galway
   
The religious nature of the building becomes clear when you walk round to the back and see a large stained-glass window.

Returning to the front and the stately oak doors, it is possible to take a peek through the iron-clad keyhole and into the room beyond, gaining beautiful and tantalising glimpses of the coloured light that streams into the marbled interior. This might seem to be a chapel, but in fact its function is more sombre; it is the mausoleum of the Ffrench family, who used to own this whole estate.

 

 
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