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Pictured here is a closer view of some of the buildings at the Rock of Cashel, Co Tipperary.

In this scene, we can see the round tower which is the oldest part of the complex and dates back to around 1100 and stands 90 feet tall. It is one of the most visible parts of the complex for miles around.

To the right of this is the cathedral with its gothic lancet windows and rose window above them. The stained glass is long gone from them. As you stand beaneath the immense stone vaulted ceiling at the transept of the cathedral, the round tower is visible through the part of the roof that is missing. Like many of these ancient places in Ireland, birds have made their homes in the highest parts and are often sweeping around the site in clouds.

Beyond that is the green landscape of Co Tipperary, and if you look closely at the extreme right side of the shot, just below the horizon, you can see Hore Abbey, the subject of my last upload. This view of the abbey gives a better idea as to its overall size and shape.

If you would like to know more on the long history of the Rock itself, please see my previous upload :

http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Europe/Ireland/photo1452637.htm

The entire complex is quite large, and what we see here is only about a quarter of the total buildings footprint. I have deliberately left out the remainder, as the beautiful detailed Cormacs Chapel is undergoing years long renovations and restoration, and is under a very ugly scaffold which is visible from almost all around the area.

Thanks for looking!

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Additional Photos by Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2639 W: 12 N: 6308] (22092)
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