Eight Historical Places To Visit In Ireland
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Eight Historical Places To Visit In Ireland

Eight Historical Places to Visit in Ireland 

Once you have witnessed the breathtaking beauty of Irish landscapes and  seafronts, you will believe that the country is indeed a wonder of nature.  Ireland has experienced a series of dark and catastrophic historical events  during its antiquated period. The ancient buildings and the cobblestoned  pathways are still intact in their actual state, as a testament to Ireland’s  bygone days.  

Throughout the region, countless prehistoric monuments and ancient  structures distributed at every nooks and corner of the country. For an  outlander who is visiting Ireland for the first time, it would be strange not to  notice an 18th century-old castle, monastery or a town that is inhabited by  the locals. Where other countries have failed in preserving their historical  edifices, Ireland has successfully managed to protect its physical heritage.  

Following are eight historical places to visit in Ireland that enables you to  experience the enthralling and intriguing Ireland’s olden times. 

The Primeval Monastery Of Clonmacnoise: 

Clonmacnoise

The historic monastery of Clonmacnoise dates back to around 545 AD. This  ancient abbey is situated in the County Offaly, precisely near the banks of  River Shannon. Although there are other archaeological sites located in the  vicinity, Clonmacnoise is adored highly by the locals as well as the tourists. It  is mainly due to the tranquillizing aura that is created by the spiritual buildings  settled in the extensive lush green riverside landscape.  

St. Ciaran, during the 6th centurial era, set the foundations of this monastery.  Centuries have passed, battles won and lost but, the stonewalled churches  and carved roods of Clonmacnoise are still existing in their original state today.  Even though the religious rituals are observed in a newly built chapel, the  vintage Clonmacnoise monastery is open to the public for sightseeing. 

Cashel of the Kings and St. Patrick’s Rock: 

Rock Of Cashel

It is also known as Rock of Cashel and is located in the County Tipperary.  Cashel was the ancient seat of the kings of Munster. According to the Irish  historians, when St. Patrick’s evicted a cave in Devil’s Bit from Satan, the  famous rock landed in the royal territory due to the eruption. For centuries  the rock of Cashel was used to govern major parts of southern Ireland before  the Norman Invasion. Later on, it was handed over to the Irish Christian  Fathers and was transformed into a ceremonial centre. 

Even though it still stands tall relishing on its scintillating history, only a few  of its remnants exist today permitting us to witness the spectacular  architecture of 12th and 13th century. What seems fascinating about this  place is that it consists of Cormac’s chapel, a cathedral that constructed  somewhere around the 1200s and ancient burial place.  

Ceide Fields: 

Ceide Fields

The Ceide Fields, located on the North of County Mayos’ coast are one of the  most ancient field systems of the world. This Neolithic landscape is about 5000  years old and remained eclipsed for a prolonged time until they were  rediscovered in the 1930s. Primitive houses, tombs and churches can also be  found on these hilly wetlands, as they were once inhabited by the locals. The  fields’ also consist of pink flowering heathers and other plants which makes  this place a lovely sight to watch.  

A glass-topped pyramid-shaped building located on a 43,000 years old Scots  pine tree is the main attraction of the Ceide Fields.  

The Monument Of Newgrange: 

Newgrange Ireland

The monument of Newgrange, also known as Bru na Boinne is one of the most  renowned historical places in Ireland. It is a megalithic cemetery which is older than the ancient pyramids of Giza as well as the famous Stonehenge. It is a  gargantuan mountain-like structure that is made up entirely of stones and  earth. The entrance of the site is adorned by unique geometrical patterns and  symbols that reflect megalithic art and architecture. This 5000 years old site  has marked its place in UNESCO’s World Heritage list and has become a tourist  point of interest.  

The Hill of Tara: 

Irelands History

The hill of Tara is located in the County Meath of Ireland, closer to the River  Boyne. Even though it exists from the late Stone Age period but was brought  into light from the Iron Age. It became an eminent site when it was converted  as the ruling seat of Ireland’s high kings. The place was visited by St. Patrick’s  himself during the 5th century during the peak of Christianity in Ireland and  made Hill of Tara a notable spot.  

While many ancient monuments and palaces of this place have crumbled  down, some of the vestiges like the Mound of Hostages is still present, keeping  the historical site alive. 

Reginald’s Tower:

Ireland

This 800 years old, 54 feet tall tower is located in the city of Waterford,  Munster Ireland. Firstly, it was owned and built by the Anglo-Normans during  the 13th or 14th century. The tower was mainly used for military purposes  which is evident by its strong, indestructible walls. During the English rule,  the tower was converted into a mint by King John. Thus, in each era, the tower  has been used to resolve confidential matters of the state. This is mainly due  to its cramped architecture, for instance, Reginald’s tower was also converted  into a prison cell during the 19th century. 

Glendalough: 

Glendalough Ireland

Glendalough which means the “valley of two lakes” is located in the Wicklow  County of Ireland. The place became known when a nobleman abandoned his  aristocratic lifestyle and took shelter in one of the Glendaloughs cave to seek  spirituality. Later on, the valley was converted into a monastery by St. Kevin  for the similar-minded followers.  

The monastery encountered numerous conflicts that managed to damage the  building depending upon the intensity of the attacks. However, the remains of  900 years old monastery of Glendalough is still a sight to watch amid the rocky  Wicklow Mountains.  

Great Skellig: 

Skellig Michael

Skellig Michael is also known as Great Skellig is a double-crested rocky  mountain located in the County Kerry of Ireland. Skellig Michael is titled after  the archangel Michael and depicts the extreme measures taken by the people  of the prehistoric era to follow Christianity. It is believed that the island was  occupied by the monks from 6th till 13th century, who used to rock climb to  pay a visit to various praying camps.  

Skellig Michael has been regarded as a UNESCO World Heritage site however  this historical place in Ireland can only be visited in the peaceful sea.  

There is no denying of the fact that every passageway of this country portrays  annals of historical events but exploring these locations is worth it.  

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