Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Rock of Cashel

An old castle - or a fortress, or a church - built on a rocky hill that rises above town and overlooks a wide expanse of rolling green countryside. The dark gray stone went well with the light gray weather. The school girls in their purple uniforms offered about the only color there was.

There have been buildings of some sort on this site for millennia - and it was an important seat of power for much of that. The current buildings are much newer - the oldest part is the round tower which reportedly goes back to 1100AD or so and the central Cathedral dates to the 1200s. The scaffolding is much newer, although it seemed like some of the locals thought it had already been there far too long. It does detract from the overall setting.

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