The Rock of Cashel: History, Culture, and Art

Image result for The Rock of CashelIreland is filled with history, culture, the rich flavour of Guinness, and the majestic beauty of castles and medieval architecture. The green rolling hills with their splashes of limestone outcrops are a wonder to behold. This is where you can find quaint cobblestone walkways hidden in the bustling cities, a small peak of an era already passed. The people are friendly and welcoming, and they are always eager to share their Irish culture and allow you to experience it first-hand. Take a stroll through the meadows where the sheep roam, and who knows, perhaps you’ll spot a leprechaun and that pot of gold.

A Brief History of the Gothic Monument

The name “Rock of Cashel” is itself derived from the word “caiseal,” which means “stone fort.” The hill on which the buildings are located was once the place where the King of Munster resided. It was during the 12th century that the area began to grow as one centred around Christianity although some excavations have unearthed evidence of buildings dating as far back as the 9th or 10th century. It was in 1101 that the Rock of Cashel was first presented to the church by the King of Munster. In 1111, the Rock became the seat of an archbishop. From then on, the Rock of Cashel began to forge its history through religion.

The Sights That Await You

The 15th century Hall of Vicars Choral, which was restored in 1975, includes a small museum that is home to artifacts excavated from the Rock of Cashel. You will catch glimpses of the Round Tower, which is the oldest and highest of the buildings on the property. Cormac’s Chapel is the most historically and architecturally important building on view. It was consecrated in 1134. Unlike any other churches of Romanesque descent, the structure is very sophisticated and detailed.