I know I said I’d talk about Galway next, but I was looking at photos and decided to post a few of the monastery at Clonmacnoise instead. (I think it’s pronounced “klon-muh-noish” but don’t quote me.)
I’m not a religious person in any way, but old churches, cathedrals, and monasteries fascinate me. Something about the hushed quiet, centuries of history, and pursuit of something greater than our individual selves appeals.
Clonmacnoise is a monastery from the 6th century, and was home to Saint Ciarán, one of the twelve apostles of Ireland.
The Monastery sits on the bank of the River Shannon and features cathedral ruins, seven churches from the 10th to the 13th century, two round towers, three high crosses, and the largest collection of Early Christian grave slabs in Western Europe.
That’s a lot of religious-ruins bang for the buck/Euro.
What kinds of sites do you seek out when you travel?
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