There are so many things to see in Glendalough that I have to do it in 2 parts. The first is about the Monastic Ruins, and the second is the grounds.
The ruins and grounds are located within a glacial valley in County Wicklow, which makes for a stunning backdrop. The medieval monastic ruins in the midst of the rolling hills got me in a certain headspace that allowed me to internalize some thoughts.
This was originally a monastic settlement that started in the 6th century. I am not entirely sure how far back some individuals were buried in the graveyard. However, I do know that it spans centuries. Some local families can still use the graveyard to bury their loved ones. Majority of the tombstone inscriptions can still be seen, but there are others that are significantly weathered.
The Round Tower:
These towers were built as a landmark for individuals to find their way, for shelter during times of danger, or to store various items.
The area is divided into a smaller church towards the front before the steps and a larger area for worship. This is one of the most important buildings within the site at the time and was considered to be the religious center. Portions of the cathedral can be dated back to the 12th and 13th century.
St. Kevin’s Church
There are other historic monuments at the site. They are all fairly close in proximity to each other so it is very easy to get to. Since there were so many people and it takes me forever to take photos, I didn’t get to some of it so that we could explore the grounds. That would be part 2, so you don’t want to miss it!