Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Eclipsed in legend, the Rock of Cashel is reputed to be the site of the conversion of the King of Munster by St. Patrick in the 5th century. According to local mythology, the Rock of Cashel originated in the Devil's Bit, a mountain 19 miles north of Cashel when St. Patrick banished Satan from a cave, resulting in the Rock's landing in Cashel. The Rock of Cashel was the traditional seat of the kings of Munster for hundreds of years prior to the Norman invasion.
The Rock of Cashel, a spectacular group of medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone in County Tipperary, Ireland. The entire plateau is walled. Few remnants of the early structures survive; the majority of buildings on the current site date from the 12th and 13th centuries. What to see? The 12th century round tower, High Cross and Romanesque Cormac’s Chapel, 13th century Gothic cathedral, 15th century Castle and the restored Hall of the Vicars Choral.
The picturesque complex has a character of its own and is one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture to be found anywhere in Europe. The exterior of Cormac's Chapel is beautifully decorated with typical Romanesque details such as repeating blind arches and carved corbels. The chapel's interior contains the oldest and most important Romanesque wall paintings in Ireland.
Visit the Rock of Cashel on a Celtic Tour self-drive tour of Ireland