Here’s a photo post to catch up on the last few adventures.
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.
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.)
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…
…but it’ll still be stunning.
I may sound facetious, but honestly this church was one of the coolest things I’ve seen.
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.