by Admin · Published July 21, 2011 · Updated May 18, 2014
Taking a drive to the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary will thrust you into Irish legends where the patron saint conquered foes.
According to ancient myths, St Patrick took on the devil 30 kilometres north of the site and the ensuing fight led to stones cascading through the air and landing where the ancient structure now stands. Historians report that the entire attraction dates from several points in history and was first used as a centre for Catholic ceremonies back in 1134, when it was consecrated. A round tower from this period still stands today and is nestled among other structures on the site that have been added since this time.
Visitors to this attraction can see the changing and unusual structural design used on ancient religious buildings from earlier time periods. This varied patchwork of architecture blends to form an intriguing historical site, which draws many day-trippers and drivers to the town of Cashel, where the structure stands. Located in central Ireland, the location is in easy reach of many of the country’s towns, though drivers are advised to check their car is in good working order and its paperwork, such as motor insurance, are all up to date before leaving home, as this will ensure you get to your destination safely if you break down or experience a car accident.
Drivers will see the large structure resting above the town as they arrive at the destination. The tallest peak is the 28 metre round tower, which is considered to be one of the oldest sections of the building. It was erected around the time of King Of Munster Muirchertach O Briain’s reign who was in power in 1111. Following this, in 1127 Cormac’s Chapel was constructed and after seven years it was consecrated and became a major place of prayer in the region.
Many people like to stroll through the chapel soaking up the atmosphere created by the exquisite architecture that was not normally seen on constructions from this period. Unlike similar places of worship from the same era, Cormac’s chapel has square towers in the nave, which is not a common sight in other structures of this nature in Ireland. In addition, its walls bear paintings that take viewers on journeys thanks to the intricate images, some of which portray scenes such as the nativity.
As well as a round tower and chapel, the Rock of Cashel boasts a cathedral dating from 1235. The ruined building features a nave that was shortened in the 15th Century to make way for a large five-storey castle for the archbishop. However, visitors to the structure can still take in the cathedral’s remaining charms, including the transept’s square chapels and tomb niches.
Also added in the 15th Century is the Hall of the Vicars Choral, which has been renovated in recent times to function as the entry point to the entire attraction. Once filled with singing laymen who attended ceremonies, this also acts as a museum bearing historical findings located on the site over the years. Learn more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_of_Cashel
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