Ireland’s iconic Rock of Cashel, in County Tipperary, is where St. Patrick was believed to have converted the King of Munster to Christianity in the 5th century.
Also known as “Cashel of the Kings” and “St. Patrick’s Rock,” this historic site served as the traditional seat of the Kings of Munster for hundreds of years before the Normans invaded in 1169.
The five buildings still standing provide a great example of Gaelic, Roman and Gothic styles. The oldest structure is the Round Tower, dating back to the 12th Century.
Historical records show the cathedral was built between 1235 and 1270, providing the venue for several tragedies in subsequent years.
In 1491 it was burned, then in 1647, English troops massacred Irish Confederate troops as well as the Catholic clergy who had taken refuge in the cathedral.
An extensive restoration of Cormac’s Chapel at Rock of Cashel has been underway for several years. The sandstone structure became saturated with water, seriously damaging the historical artworks inside. The restoration team had to completely cover the building in a rain-proof cocoon, while dehumidifiers were used to dry the inside.
This National Monument is located in the village of Cashel, County Tipperary, Ireland, and is well worth the hike up. The view of the surrounding countryside is incredible!