Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Clonmacnoise, Co Offaly.

Clonmacnoise was founded in 545/546 by Saint Ciaran of Clonmacnoise, it was an important centre for religion and education due to its location in the centre of Ireland and on the banks of the Shannon river.
It was attacked by other rival monasteries, kings and vikings and rebuilt until the 12th Century. It contains some great examples ot High crosses rouond towers and stone carvings.

Cross of the Scripture with the Round tower from the 1150's
Carved stone with round from temple Finghin in the background
 Temple Finghin with the Shannon in the background.
The graveyard with crooked headstones
 This I though was a brilliant  burial stone, that is half buried in the soil.
A view through the door from one of the chapels
Looking through the window of a chapel through another with a cross between.
 The North Cross with the tower in the background, the Cross of the scripture is between them.
 A look up.
Cross of the scripture again.
Looking from the banks of the Shannon, the stone mound in the foreground is an old mooring point for boats.
Another view looking south where you can see Clonmacnoise Castle
A view of the castle ruin, built in the 13th Century by the Normans beside the now vacated monastery, it was sacked by the British in the middle of the 1500's

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