Back to week 3

Here’s a photo post to catch up on the last few adventures.

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This seal is over the archway in the main tower you always seen photographed. Originally the school was called “Queen’s College,” and naturally this did not go over well during the civil war. A couple students leaned out a window and started chipping away the seal, hence the damage on the left. Recently there was talk of replacing it, but it sounds like it’ll stay as is.

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And this is the statue of Queen Victoria that used to stand on the roof. It’s unusual both because it depicts young Queen Victoria, and because she’s wearing medieval clothing. They took the statue down during the civil war and buried it on the grounds, then excavated it in (I think) 1997. There was such an uproar over it that the statue had to be displayed behind bulletproof glass. And under no circumstances were the Irish going to put a statue of an English queen back on their roof, so now she lives in a staff lounge, and a statue of St. Finbarr has taken her place on the roof. (I don’t know how clear the picture is, but we theorize that there used to be a wooden scepter in her right hand. I haven’t gotten to confirm yet.)

The high crosses at Ahenny.

The high crosses at Ahenny.

The ruins of the monastery at Athassel.

The ruins of the monastery at Athassel.

The first Irish toilets! Woohoo!

The first Irish toilets! Woohoo!

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The Rock of Cashel, taken awkwardly from under my umbrella.

The Rock of Cashel, taken awkwardly from under my umbrella.

I know there’s at least one future visitor to Ireland reading, so here’s some advice: take the most gorgeous day possible to visit Cashel, because if there’s bad weather where you are, it’s guaranteed to be five times worse on top of that hill…

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…but it’ll still be stunning.

Inside the original church. Note the Romanesque arches! Ooh, ahh.

Inside the original church. Note the Romanesque arches! Ooh, ahh.

I may sound facetious, but honestly this church was one of the coolest things I’ve seen.

Detail on a sarcophagus in the back of the church.

Detail on a sarcophagus in the back of the church.

Remnants of paint on the ceiling, and carved faces.  Lots of people were taking photos with flash, which seems like an awful idea.

Remnants of paint on the ceiling, and carved faces. Lots of people were taking photos with flash, which seems like an awful idea.

Close-up on a face in the ceiling.

Close-up on a face in the ceiling.

The old church, on the left, was so significant that they built the new cathedral inches away from it in order to keep it.

The old church, on the left, was so significant that they built the new cathedral inches away from it in order to keep it.

Griffins! For Brittneigh.

Griffins! For Brittneigh.

On to Gougane Barra!

On to Gougane Barra!

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I tried to get a good picture of the woods, because I’ve never seen anything like it – the trees grew almost exactly evenly spaced, and the whole forest floor was covered in moss and clover.

The church on the lake. The sun returned just before we went in for dinner, so I got a couple good pictures.

The church on the lake. The sun returned just before we went in for dinner, so I got a couple good pictures.

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7 thoughts on “Back to week 3

  1. These are gorgeous! The blurred forest shot makes me think that maybe you were chased by a Nazgul. 🙂

    And thanks for the griffins! I was scrolling down and saw the top of that image, and thought to myself, “I hope she knows to take photos of cool medieval creatures for me…” and lo and behold, you did! They’re lovely! Thank you! hahaaa.

  2. Love the pictures! Also, found the unicorn! (if you remember that lovely jan term game) You are seeing such lovely things!

  3. What amazing sights! Your photos of them are very commendable as well. That picture on top of the hill packs quite an impact.

    Those trees are weirdly even in their spacing…was it a re-forested area?

  4. Hi, Coat Girl. Loved the pink door and the church on the lake. Once I got up at 4 am to take photos of windows and doors in Antigua, Guatemala. It can turn into an interesting art piece.

    I haven’t seen Harry Potter yet so will have to wait to read your entry about it.

    Enjoy.

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