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Monday, August 24, 2009

Rainy Day in Ireland

It rains in Ireland!!!! We had a great day in the rain. We drove to the Wicklow Mountains, 10 miles south of Dublin. We enjoyed a scenic and rainy drive through the mountains. There we visited Glendalough, a valley renowned for its Early Medieval monastic settlement. The settlement was established by St. Kevin in the 6th century.

Glendalough actually means "the valley of the two lakes."

The monastery was important and pilgrimages continued even after its destruction by the English in 1398. The remaining buildings of the monastery probably date from between the 10th and 12th century. We saw the cathedral, the round tower and St. Kevins church. In earlier days there were also workshops, rooms for copying manuscripts, guest houses, farm building and dwelling for the monks and others.

This is the cathedral. It was not built all at one time. I think the place where I am standing dates from the late 12th and early 13th century. It is the largest building.

The round tower is about 30 meters high and the entrance is about 3.5 meters from the base. Round towers were built as bell-towers and served as landmarks for approaching visitors. They could also be a place of refuge in times of attack.

St. Kevin's Church is a stone building. Its steep roof is covered with overlapping stones as well.

You can see the round tower behind it.

We later drove to the upper lake for a picnic. Again, it was raining but we had our picnic anyway!

1 comment:

  1. I'm not gonna lie ... I wish I were there with you. It's beautiful ... even in the rain :)

    Blessings for a wonderful trip and time with your family!

    We miss you both :)