Saturday, April 04, 2009

ROCK OF CASHEL, County Tipperary: Kings of Munster

Rock of Cashel, County Tipperary, Ireland
This Tipperary site was the seat of Kings of Munster as early as the 5th century, when Saint Patrick baptized King Aengus. See Cashel overview at
Then the Rock site was given to the Church in 1101, and it became an Abbey. Cromwell's soldiers and cannons from England came in 1647 and there was a massacre. See

It is restored, much of the medieval section is standing, and the guides help sort out the Romanesque from other architectures. Films, education centers. See photos at

Full history narrative: The Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly, written from the institutional perspective, at

Illuminated manuscripts: 7th - 11th century AD
Irish monks of the 7th and 8th century create illuminated manuscripts which are among the greatest treasures of Celtic and early Christian art. See

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