Pictured here is a view of the round tower and the North Transept of the Cathedral at the rock of cashel. The alcoves on the right hand side are the side chapels which contain ornate carved stone tombs.
The Rock of Cashel, also known as Cashel of the Kings, or St Patricks Rock, is one of the most iconic and well known sites in Ireland, sitting as it does on a rocky plateau overlooking the South Tipperary countryside.
The Rock of Cashel was the traditional seat of the kings of Munster for several hundred years prior to the Norman invasion. In 1101, the King of Munster, Muirchertach Ui Briain, donated his fortress on the Rock to the Church. The picturesque complex has a character of its own and is one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture to be found anywhere in Europe.
Although the site itself is much older, most of the buildings here today are from the 12th and 13th centuries. The oldest and tallest structure is the round tower (pictured here on the right) which is 90 feet tall and dates from app 1100. The large gothic windows in left of the image are the gothic lancet windows of the north transept wall. This was built between 1235 and 1270 is an aisleless cathedral.
In 1647, during the Irish Confederate Wars, Cashel was sacked by English Parliamentarian troops. The Irish confederate troops stationed there were massacred as were all of the Roman Catholic clergy. The English troops looted or destroyed many important religious artifacts.
In 1749 the main cathedral roof was removed by Arthur Price, the Anglican Archbishop of Cashel. In the meantime, what remained of the Rock of Cashel after Price had ordered its gutting and de-roofing, has become a primary tourist destination. Price's decision to remove the roof on what had been the jewel among Irish church buildings was criticized before and since.
The entire plateau on which the buildings and graveyard lie is walled in. In the grounds around the buildings an extensive graveyard includes a number of high crosses.
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mjw364 (2) 2012-08-29 1:40
Good Morning Noel
I have noticed in your last couple of shots that you have created more thoughtful compositions that are technically very good. This is a really well composed shot that has many elements of a cracker - the frame within a frame that arches the tower in the sky and the well exposed shadow areas that contrast nicely with the nice light areas. not to mention the lines and shapes of the building itself.
Well observed and thought through.
JFS (32459) 2012-08-29 3:02
Great composition my friend! the ruins look splendid and compliments for the management of the light. The whole is fantastic!
delpeoples (55238) 2012-08-29 3:14
Dia duit dear Noel
This is a great photo not just in terms of the subject - which is fascinating and beautiful - but also in terms of the technical quality. Jeez you;ve managed so well with what looks like extremely difficult light. The details are amazing and I'm so impressed you didn't blow out the sky and yet still managed to maintain the details.
Fantastic shot, congrats
PS: yes the head's recovered, but still feel "jetlagged"
lousat (83438) 2012-08-29 4:06
Hi Noel,another time the choice of point of view make the difference! I like this arch like a natural border,beautiful old architechtures and light management,great details too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
krzychu30 (15510) 2012-08-29 5:12
beautiful ruins of the Cathedral.The way you composed the scene is a masterpiece.Using this arch in the FG as a frame was a great idea.It looks really fantastic.
I was also trying to frame few scenes like this,but the result wasn´t as good as yours.You were able to select optimal exposition to control the light.
Have a nice day
timecapturer (49288) 2012-08-29 6:17
superb POV and beautifully controlled execution make this a powerful and attractive presentation. Love the light and the exquisite detailing it brings out so elegantly. Wonderful!
Regards - Brian.
Jeppo (17645) 2012-08-29 12:47
I like the creative use of the arch to frame the tower and other electronic elements
Highmountains (2672) 2012-08-29 12:58
Its a wonderfully taken photograph, with the tower and the bare interior of the Transept, in bright light. The sunlight is bright and hence you have very sharp shadow lines. The primary arch below which the camera is placed has been very well captured and forms a perfect frame to the bright sun-lit walls and the blue sky visible through it. The history of the place in your notes are interesting.
marabu61 (9705) 2012-08-29 13:23
I love this kind of ruins. They are so picturesque. You captured this one beautifully with the arch in the foreground framing the ruins nicely. The diagonal wall leads the eye good to the tower and the backwall, witch in itself is a gorgeous subject.
carlo62 (39625) 2012-08-29 15:01
bello il POV, la costruzione è molto interessante, è molto simile a San Galgano in provincia di Siena. Sono luoghi misteriosi ed affascinanti.
sacimar (26205) 2012-08-30 5:03
good image of this construction, I like the point of view you chose, the composition with the arch is interesting, well seen,
saxo042 (37724) 2012-08-30 7:13
A very good POV where you have managed to make the impressive arch surround the background parts, as an extra frame. Also a very interesting note!
chawax (19946) 2012-09-02 2:46
I've been twice in Rock of Cashel (a wonderful architecture and history site) but I had grey weather so the pictures I took there were not very good. This one is very nice, with the arch in the foreground as a natural frame for the picture. The light gives nice colours to the stone. I tried the same POV, but without light it is quite poor ! Well done !
Tigerlily (3301) 2012-09-03 2:45
Wonderful POV, beautiufl colour and light, nice detail. Not easy one, excellentlly done.
Angshu (56664) 2012-09-10 21:48
This picture popped out from teh thumbnails beause of the good framing you achieved. The arched doorway creates a fine impression with the remains of the roofless cathedral against the blue sky. The exposure is also well handled with the contrasting shaded & lit up parts. Well done! Thanks also for the informative notes
CanmoreKevin (2111) 2012-09-24 18:05
I like the repetition of of the pointed arches. Nice contrast between light and dark areas. Would love to visit here.
StefanoPaganell (827) 2012-09-26 10:04
Nice photo, the place is very similar to San Galgano church in Tuscany.
fritzi007 (9119) 2012-10-15 10:59
super Perspektive, sehr gute Qualität, gratuliere!
omid266 (6700) 2014-04-17 20:00
Another admirable image from Ireland (=the Land of Castles), :)
very good POV, nice clarity, very well done and Thanks for sharing,
Good luck dear friend
Miguel82 (26865) 2014-12-31 8:28
It's an ancient monument where it should be delightful to spend time imagining the life during these periods, happy new year's eve