"St. Moluag's Church" Lewis Things to Do Tip by travelmad478

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Just south of Port Nis, in the far north of Lewis, the village of Eoropaidh holds a tiny stone church set in the middle of a field. A narrow path between pastures leads up to this 12th-century structure, which is definitely worth a look. It's still in use today for occasional services.

The history of this church is detailed in a pamphlet that's available inside. Apparently, the church was a pilgrimage site for the ill, especially the insane. Those unfortunate souls who arrived for healing had to endure quite a harrowing treatment. This included drinking from the church's well, circumnavigating the church on foot seven times, and then being bound hand and foot and left lying on the floor of the sanctuary all night. Anyone who wasn't sane and rational in the morning was declared incurably insane. Yikes!

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  • Updated Jan 31, 2004
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