Ireland<br />Ireland is a large European country directly located off the coast of the United Kingdom. It sits a peninsula in the Atlantic Ocean. <br />During the Celtic times there were four different provinces of Ireland, Munster, Leinster, Connacht, and Ulster. <br />
The Rock of Cashel<br />Some legends associate the landmark with St. Patrick, but the actual name comes from Caiseal, which means “stone fort.” <br />The hill was originally the residence of the King of Munster, Muirchertach O Briain. <br />In 1101, the King of Munster gave the rock to the church, and a round tower was later built (this still stands today). <br />A decade later in 1111, The Rock of Cashel became the seat of an archbishop.<br /> The chapel of King Cormac, also known as Corma’c chapel, was consecrated in 1134 and is the most important building in the monument. <br />Built between 1235 and 1270, the cathedral is an aisle less as well as roofless building of cruciform plan with a central tower. <br />
Newgrange, Ireland<br />One of the most famous Irish prehistoric stones, the Newgrange passage-tomb was discovered in 1699, and later restored between 1962 and 1975. <br />Located nearby are the tombs of Knowth and Dowth. <br />It was built originally around 3100 BCE. <br />The monument consists of an immense stone and ground turf mound at around 85 meters (280 feet) in diameter, 13.5 (44 feet) high. <br />Inside you find a passage leading into a burial chamber. <br />
Newgrange Photos<br />The entrance into the tomb. <br />
The Hill of Tara <br />The Hill of Tara, also known as Temair in Gaeilge, was once the most significant seat of power in Ireland. <br />142 kings are said to have reigned there all throughout prehistoric and historic times. <br />In ancient Irish religion and mythology, Temair was a very sacred place of dwelling for the gods. It was supposedly the entrance into the “otherworld.” <br />There are numerous other monuments within the limits of The Hill of Tara, and over thirty are visible. <br />The most famous of the monuments is the Stone of Destiny. <br />According to Irish mythology, it was brought by the group of elite warrior-gods known as, The Tuathe De Daanan, as one of their sacred objects. Supposedly the stone would roar when touched by the high king of Tara. <br />
Hill of Tara Photos<br />The Stone of Destiny<br />
Sources. <br />Map of Europe— http://www.flickr.com/photos/marcbel/2109452864/ <br />Rock of Cashel information— http://www.sacred-destinations.com/ireland/rock-of-cashel<br />Rock of Cashel photos— http://www.flickr.com/photos/shadowgate/2812956301/ ; http://www.flickr.com/photos/24379149@N02/2315151480/ ; <br />Newgrange, Ireland information— http://www.stonepages.com/ireland/newgrange.html<br />Newgrange photos— http://www.flickr.com/photos/jooliree/2097474963/ ; http://www.flickr.com/photos/32012310@N08/3010940443/ ; <br />Hill of Tara information— http://www.mythicalireland.com/ancientsites/tara/<br />Hill of Tara photos— http://www.flickr.com/photos/40225600@N05/3703177522/ ; http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Stone_of_Destiny,_Hill_of_Tara.png<br />
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