Glendalough is just south of Dublin and a very popular
destination for day-trippers. Despite this the site has a very
tangible spirituality that can be experienced whilst standing
amidst the remains of the monastic settlement. The Gaelic name
translates to 'valley of the two lakes' and there are some
breathtaking walks around the ruined monastery and along the
clear-as-glass lakes. St Kevin founded the monastery in the 6th
century and it became a great European centre for learning. His
body lies in the 9th century cathedral and the site is adorned with
St Kevin's Cross, carved in about 1150. Other buildings here have
survived from the 8th and 12th centuries, the most famous of which
is the round tower, standing 112ft (34m) high with a base measuring
52ft (16m) in circumference.
Address: 18 miles (30km) south of Dublin Website: www.glendalough.ie Telephone: (404) 45325 Opening Time: Daily 9:30am-6pm (until 5pm from October to
March). Admission: EUR3 (adult); concessions available
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