|Our visit to the Rock of Cashel was one of our best ideas on our Ireland trip. It is located in Tipperary, which is the county above Cork. It was about an hours drive up there so it made for a perfect day trip. Plus, if you are going to visit Ireland it is one of the top things to see while there. St. Patrick made the shamrock the famous here by using it to explain the trinity and the views of the Irish country side are spectacular. Looking up to the ruins reminded us of our trip to Lake Taal in the Philippines.|
|The Irish country side.|
|Goofing around and getting my highland dancing on. I wore my green pants because we were in Ireland.|
|The traditional Lyndon picture, standing a top a stone wall. I love the view. It was so beautiful. I love how green Ireland is. I guess it does pay off to rain so much to have it looking green year round.|
|The Rock is famous for a lot of things. One is that it is the largest set of ecclesiastical ruins in Ireland. It is not a castle but a medieval abbey.|
|We made it!|
Cashel was the seat of the King's of Munster (must be where we get the name for Munster cheese) in the 5th century. Before that it was center of tribal and religious power for a thousand years. Then in 450 St. Patrick supposedly came here and baptized King Aengus making him Ireland's first Christian ruler. It is also said to be a site of druidic worship so has both royal and religious history. It is pretty cool to drive up to it. The Rock of Cashel is on a mountain above the town so you can see it off the distance driving up to it. It was an awesome site to behold!
The picture to the right is a picture of the crossing. It is significant because it where the four sections of the rock come together. Also the detail on it is quite lovely.
|Tomb in the north transept. The tombs in that part of the Rock are especially detailed. This one is ornately decorated with images of the apostles. There were others with images of beasts and the apocalypse.|
|Inside the north transept.|
|Cosette at the Rock of Cashel!|
|I had to include this picture because she is actually simling for the camera!!! It is a miracle! She does not look at the camera anymore. She will say cheese and look anyway but at the person with the camera.|
|Me and my favorite little girl in the world! Cosette enjoyed the Rock of Cashel.|
|There was some construction going on while we were there so we did not get to see Cormac's Chapel, which is sad because it is the best example of Hiberno-Romanesque architecture. Next time, I guess.|
|View of the Cashel village.|
|At the northern part of the Rock. The north transept is behind us.|
We explored some of the Vicar's Choral where the cathedral choristers lived. Cosette found a little window just her size. She ask me to take a picture of her with it.
|Vicar's Choral, built in the 15th century.|