Dublin, Ireland

I first visited Dublin on a cruise in the summer of 2012. Here is a link to my blog post of that visit:  https://lesliesh.wordpress.com/2012/08/05/dublin-ireland/

On arrival from Glasgow yesterday, I walked around the lovely Georgian Squares near my hotel. This morning we had a panoramic tour of the city stopping at St. Patrick’s Cathedral (photo) and Trinity College (photos) where we had a tour of the university buildings guided by a student and then went to see the 9th century Book of Kells, a beautifully illuminated Irish medieval gospel manuscript.

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In the afternoon, I took a tour to the ruins of the Glendalough Monastery, one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland. This early Christian monastic settlement was founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century.  Our guide explained the history of the site and then left us to look around. I took the opportunity to take a 3 km walk to two scenic lakes in a national park adjacent to the property. Glendalough means “valley between the two lakes”. The photos below are of the gate, which is the only remaining gate of this age in Ireland, the remains of the Cathedral (11th or 12th c.),  St. Kevin’s Cross (6th or 7th c.), The Round Tower, which stands 30 m. high, St. Kevin’s Church (12th c.) and the Upper Lake.  The last photo is of some lovely green fields seen from the bus.

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