Along our road trip journey through Ireland, we visited one of the most stunning sites in the whole country – the Rock of Cashel! Sitting above the rest of the town, this incredible structure was built on a high plateau during the 12th century and I felt like I stepped back into medieval times while being there.
After having hiked up the hill, we were greeted by a beautiful and amazingly preserved cathedral, the center and pride of the sight. Around us the green vibrant hills extended in all directions and we felt like we were on top of the world. This amazing site is famous for being the place where St. Patrick converted the King of Munster to Christianity in the 5th century and is home to one of the round towers – a tall tower soaring 28 meters high in the sky and built in 1100 A.D. without any cement or mortar!
As I entered the ancient cathedral, I felt like I stepped back into another time, where kings and queens ruled the lands and knights in armour were the normal appearance. Some of the ceiling still remained and the great hall was still in its full splendor. Along the sides the small chapels still contained tombs and writing, yet all the original paint and gold had faded away with the centuries.
There was one tomb in a chapel that was incredibly decorated with detailed pictures of priests – I just had to take a picture of my journal with it!
All around the cathedral were many old tombstones and Celtic crosses with intricate knot designs and beautiful writing. One of my favorite parts about visiting Ireland was seeing all of the Celtic art!
I would definitely consider the Rock of Cashel as a must-see for anyone visiting Ireland and a great place to experience the mystic of the medieval history of this beautiful country!
Have you ever been to the Rock of Cashel or Ireland? I would love to hear about your experience!