Pictured here is Hore Abbey, a ruined Cistercian abbey that stands near to the Rock of Cashel in the town of Cashel, Co Tipperary.
This view is taken through one of the narrow slit windows in the surrounding defensive walls of the Rock itself, looking down across the landscape.
Originally constructed in 1266, this was at first a Benedictine site, but it was given to the Cistercians in 1272 by Archbishop David MacCearbhaill who later joined the abbey himself.
As he made himself at home here, he granted gifts to the abbey of many things which actually belonged to the local town including farm land, mills and buildings. In addition to his obvious dislike of the already established orders in the town, this construed to make him an unpopular man with the people of Cashel. Many people in the locality resented him and the order, and many considered he was far too in favor of the local Irish people than of the Anglo Irish settlers. This was evident in the murder of two monks who visited the town and the strenuous objection of 38 local breweries to the levies he had imposed.
This was the last Cistercian abbey founded in Ireland prior to the reformation, and despite the intentions of MacCearbhaill, it was never a prosperous place, eking out a living for the centuries it stood here.
Although most of the abbey was built in the 13th century, many changes were made to it over time, including the construction of the tower in the center of the transept in the 15th century. The design and finish of the church is very plain and simple and a very good example of how the Cistercians were very conservative.
Situated only 1km from the Rock of Cashel, this place is ruined and desolate and suitably gloomy. Positioned in a field, it is accessible to the public and there are beautiful views of it from the grounds of the Rock itself. Despite being in itself a formidable ruin, and a wonderful example of its type of religious structure, very few people visit it. Thousands see it from the grounds of the rock which is the view I show here, but not many take the short walk across the fields to view it up close.
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photographer_sg (4414) 2014-05-17 5:56
Beautiful picture of the peaceful grasslands. Though the ancient abbey is ruined, it still adds immense beauty to the composition in the soft light. The treatment with the muted colours is beautiful too. your note is interesting and gives a glimpse into the social order of the period.
Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend.
snunney (101706) 2014-05-17 6:14
A beautiful abbey set in a beautiful landscape. Well composed and benefiting from lovely light and natural colours. Superb depth.
pajaran (62548) 2014-05-17 6:25
Dobar dan, popodne.
Interesantan tekst o starom manastiru sa istorijom i opisom ...
Lep pogled na mesto i rusevinu ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazana zelena polja i rusevina.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepo uhvacen trenutak, lepe boje.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
An interesting article about an old monastery with a history and description of ...
Nice view of the place and ruin ...
Good time recording, contrast and perspective, beautiful green fields and demonstrated ruins.
Good work and composition, well captured moment, beautiful colors.
Nice afternoon and all the best for the weekend, good luck.
delpeoples (58836) 2014-05-17 6:56
Jaysus now that's a humdinger of a name for an abbey. But then again, knowing what I do of the Borgias and other clerics, maybe more apt than I originally thought. This is a cracking photo. The abbey has been defined beautifully, as has the rest of the photo. The composition is excellent and those deep green tones are what Ireland is famous for. Excellent contribution and thanks once again for the impressive note.
Have a wheaty-juice day
carlo62 (50872) 2014-05-17 7:42
bellissima panoramica, dove l'antica Abbazia domina le campagne circostanti.
Eccellente profondità e ottima qualità, è un peccato vedere certe antiche architetture
rovinate in questo modo.
ps non preoccuparti per gli errori, è poca cosa. Grazie
jhm (155330) 2014-05-17 7:43
What a happiness that could see the ruin through the slit of the window, this nice panorama view, with the ruin of the Abbey
I like the nice soft colours also the sharpness and clarity.
Excellent composition and good presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
photoray (13981) 2014-05-17 7:54
"It's a long way to Tipperary"
Your distant view of Hore Abbey ruins across the flowing green fields, is a stimulus to get up close and see the architecture from almost a millennium ago.
Thanks for sharing,
Nicou (145224) 2014-05-17 8:02
merveilleuse vue et iamge sueprbe compo quel ruines dans ce champs vert cette immensité sueprbe vue et iamge.
Bravo et amitié
cornejo (43859) 2014-05-17 10:29
Hi Noel, lovely view of the countryside with interesting ruins in the center, very well composed and captured by a great pov, in this great and beautiful photography. A nice picture with good sharpness, depth, pretty light, color and quality. A good job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and good Sunday.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
ourania (47844) 2014-05-17 11:26
this point of view is really great and gives to the viewer the opportunity to enjoy the and study the ruined abbey within a wonderful context. I like very much the depth you created within the square frame and how the textured abbey stands out against the smooth, bright green land. The whole area is very attractive, I would surely enjoy very much a walk to the ruins and a closer inspection. The colours and the atmosphere are superb and I also like the effect of the subtle shadows. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
npecanhuk (75592) 2014-05-17 13:20
Very attractive and pleasant-looking place!
Very beautiful and peaceful-looking picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov, vertical format, black & white borders and composition really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
lousat (93684) 2014-05-17 16:36
Hi Noel,this is Ireland,no doubts...ehehe...a beautiful and typical scenery from your country,with a fresh green carpet and the abbey ruins caught in the best moment with the best light,a very rich composition with a magnificent background too,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
omid266 (6748) 2014-05-17 19:51
Very very wonderful landscape from abbey and town with trees , green beautiful colours , hunted with your camera,
another Heritage and Historic Site ,
All the BEST and Thanks!
Hope Protection fot it , **
mcmtanyel (24567) 2014-05-17 22:00
What beautiful scenery and what a lovely composition! The top of the abbey seems to be the highest point for miles and miles, surrounded by beautiful emerald green.
jjcordier (79297) 2014-05-17 22:52
Beau point de vue sur ces ruines cisterciennes isolées dans ce bel environnement vert.
Indrasish (2939) 2014-05-18 0:08
Ouuuuuuuuuu!!! What a shot my friend,
I like your point of view and the nice perspective.. Also I like your composition with this green fields and the smokey background.. Superb image quality and nice warm colors too.. Very well done.. and thanks for your informative note too..
Good afternoon and wish you all the best..
mirosu (16273) 2014-05-18 0:21
Ireland is small country, but watching your photos I'm sure it is one of the most beautiful countries on the earth. I was travelling around the world across many countries, but unfortunately I never made it to Ireland.
Beautiful view to nice stone abbey surrounded by green nature. Excellent photo taken from superb higher viewpoint.
Very well done my friend.
siudzi (34141) 2014-05-18 1:37
Wow! What a fantastic scene you have seen and photographed! This Abbey has for sure an interesting history but now surrounded by the beautiful green fields still looks charming and unique. Congrats! Excellent presentation.
Have a lovely day!
timecapturer (49288) 2014-05-18 2:45
this place looks amazing! A superb view across the greens to get a perfect idea of the setting and crumbling beauty of this old abbey. This place is irresistible to me and strange how few visit it, mind you to be alone inside the walls is an experience in itself. Catching the sunset or sunrise through the ruins would be awesome.
Have a peaceful Sunday - B.
marabu61 (11119) 2014-05-18 15:35
Ah, serene and beautiful Hore Abbey again. The abbey sits here beautifully in midst of the lush green landscape under a laden sky.
It looks so different in this weather condition than when we saw it on a freezingly cold and grey day.
have a great day
serp2000 (44720) 2014-05-19 4:24
Wow! This photo invites me to visit these ruins. I want run and run from the hill to the Abbey. Outstanding picture, Noel! I really like this picturesque presentation of the Cistercian abbey. Thanks for so informative note too.
jemaflor (99123) 2014-05-19 9:34
Good pov on the monument, perfect light and tone, well presented, tfs.
RhodieIke (11744) 2014-05-19 13:28
This old ruin of Hore Abbey stands out well in this landscape.
I read your Pov, was through a narrow slit window with interest, imagine instead of your camera having a weapon and defending this Abbey.
Great notes and facts about this Abbey and surrounding area.
dip (23890) 2014-05-19 22:11
beautiful photo of the ruined abbey and the landscape there,
good point of view,
I also like the saturated green tones in the foreground,
thanks for sharing,
abmdsudi (55658) 2014-05-21 20:22
The vast expanse of open landscape evokes that special atmosphere and tranquility but the abbey makes it even more special glueing the eyes in, and enriching the scene at the same time. It's superbly captured from a well considered viewpoint quietly contrasted by the appealing fresh green and grey sky with good detail throughout. This looks so very rest full place and calm seems to ooze out of this shot, skillfully captured documentary shot. Congrats, TFS
emka (100907) 2014-05-22 23:48
Hello Noel, I love such ruins, lovely place beautifully presented.
Sorry, I am very busy to write more. Regards from Vienna MAlgo
adores (45889) 2014-06-17 17:54
Really beautiful abbey, surrounded by all these green fields. Looks a really interesting ruin and I'm convinced it's worth the walk to reach it. Good shot, from a good pov! I like the soft light!
fds (9459) 2014-07-10 7:22
dear noel very beautiful effect with the ancien abbaye between the fantastic green fields
great picture dear irish friend
aliabazari (16230) 2014-08-17 23:32
Hi Noel dear
The monastery is beautifully shot, I love it. Sharp colors, sharpness and good exposure. Thanks for sharing this nice picture
yoke (300) 2015-10-26 20:47
Very pleasant and I am amazed by your creative square frame that looks more impressive and great composition.I wish I could visit such beautiful place.
I want to display this pic put in actual photo frame in my living room.
Great job! Thanks for sharing and greeting from Japan.