March 26 2001

P3260028_small.JPG (204694 bytes) P3260029_small.JPG (207510 bytes)
Rock of Cashel --- This rocky stronghold, as seen from the road, rises dramatically out of the Tipperary plain. It was a symbol of royal amd priestly power for more than a millennium. From the 5th century on it was the seat of the Kings of Munster. In 1101, they handed Cashel over to the Church, and it flourished as a religious center until a siege by a Cromwellian army in 1847 culminated in the massacre of its 3000 occupants.
P3260033_small.JPG (213015 bytes) P3260034_small.JPG (219972 bytes)
Looking the other way from the road. Area where St. Patrick's Cross was located.
P3260035_small.JPG (211246 bytes) P3260037_small.JPG (215235 bytes)
Inside Cormac's Chapel--Romanesque architecture Outside walls
P3260038_small.JPG (218223 bytes) P3260039_small.JPG (195567 bytes)
Note the Celtic crosses in graveyard View from grounds of the Rock of Cashel
P3260040_small.JPG (218422 bytes) P3260041_small.JPG (214585 bytes)
The O'Scully Monument, a memorial erected in 1870 North Transept of the Cathedral
P3260042_small.JPG (222989 bytes) P3260043_small.JPG (213545 bytes)
Looking from the Rock of Cashel toward the ruins of Hore Abbey Gothic designs
P3260044_small.JPG (224246 bytes) P3260045_small.JPG (184509 bytes)
Ruins of Hore Abbey (1272) from the Rock of Cashel Cathedral--roofless Gothic with thick walls & hidden passages
P3260046_small.JPG (192492 bytes) P3260047_small.JPG (210526 bytes)
Gothic Cathedral--North Transcept Diagram of Cathedral
P3260048_small.JPG (217705 bytes) P3260050_small.JPG (215867 bytes)
Gothic door to Cathedral St. Patrick's Cross  - The carving on the east face of this cross is said to be of St. Patrick, who visited Cashel in 450.
P3260051_small.JPG (219177 bytes)
St. Patrick's Cross moved into the museum in 1982.