• round tower, Glendalough

    Image ID
    FOT920565
    Rights
    RM Rights Managed
    Image Details
    Image File Attributes
    10.8 MB
    JPEG
    Image Dimensions
    5125 x 3417 px
    Image Print Size (at 300 ppi)
    434 x 289 mm
    17.1 x 11.4 in
    Visual Size @300ppi
    Keywords
    cathedral round tower Glendalough Ireland ruins County Wicklow medieval architecture 12th 13th century bell Irish monastery monastic settlement stone granite tall imposing landmark Europe European EC Christian religious religion church chapel stock image stock photo
    Description
    Glendalough (Irish: Gleann Dá Loch, meaning "glen of two lakes") is a glacial valley in County Wicklow, Ireland. It is renowned for its Early Medieval monastic settlement founded in the 6th century by St Kevin, a hermit priest, and partly destroyed in 1398 by English troops. The round tower, built of mica-slate interspersed with granite is about 30 metres high, with an entrance 3.5 metres from the base. The conical roof was rebuilt in 1876 using the original stones. The tower originally had six timber floors, connected by ladders. The four storeys above entrance level are each lit by a small window; while the top storey has four windows facing the cardinal compass points. Round towers, landmarks for approaching visitors, were built as bell towers, but also served on occasion as store-houses and as places of refuge in times of attack. The Cathedral The largest and most imposing of the buildings at Glendalough, the cathedral had several phases of construction, the earliest, consisting of the present nave with its antae. The large mica-shist stones which can be seen up to the height of the square-headed west doorway were re-used from an earlier smaller church. The chancel and sacristy date from the late 12th and early 13th centuries.
    Uploader
    Bernard O'Kane
    Contributor
    Bernard O'Kane
    Date Taken
    2011-06-29
    Uploaded on
    2011-12-02
    Collection
    Ireland
    Category
    Architecture
    Sub Category
    Ancient
    Setting
    Outdoor
    Point of view
    Eye level
    People
    Without people
    Dominant colour
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