The Rock of Cashel is conglomeration of stone buildings clustered together on top of an imposing hill that towers over the village of Cashel.
Majority of the buildings standing today date back to the 12th and 13th century however the site is said to have been occupied since the 4th or 5th century. This is the site in which Saint Patrick converted the pagan King of Munster, Aengus MacMutfraich, to Christianity in 450 A.D.
This cathedral was abandoned by the Church of Ireland in 1749. The roof was removed for its lead content: the lead could be used for ammunition and alchemists also thought lead could be changed into gold with the right catalyst.
The Rock of Cashel is considered to contain the most remarkable collection of Celtic and medieval ruins ever found
Built in 1101, the round tower is the oldest edifice on the Rock still standing today. The first floor entrance was 12 feet above the ground. It was reached by a ladder that could be pulled up in the event of attack (by Vikings, of course)
Rock of Cashel Overview
- Coordinates: 52.5203779,-7.8891595 (parking)
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