Invasions of the Vikings in Ireland started in around 795 AD. The Vikings were very badly slated by the chroniclers of the time, the early Irish Church. Many monastic sites of course were badly ransacked by Viking invaders which impacted on how they were perceived.
The 12th century window at Annaghdown Cathedral, County Galway is one example for how the presence of the Vikings in Ireland changed Irish design motifs.
What is not easily seen in the large picture is revealed in the detail photos below.
A snake curls around the entire window frame with the head on the bottom left and it's tail at the bottom right. This type of design was unheard of before the arrival of the Vikings.
Details of the snake's head and tail as seen on the window of Annaghdown Cathedral.
Find out how the Vikings arrived
in Ireland first, how they settled, and
about Dublin as
a Viking town.
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