Glendalough, one of Ireland’s most beautiful destinations, is a magical valley between two tranquil lakes. At one time, the dell was a bustle of activity centered around a monastic settlement founded by St. Kevin.
Kevin was born into an affluent family during the 5th century. Tradition tells that an angel appeared at the baby’s baptism and announce that the child should be named “Kevin”. This was just the beginning of divine events.
At the age of seven, Kevin started studying at a monastery and eventually became a priest.
He continued his education, but eventually choose to leave the city and his wealth behind for a life full of peace among nature in the valley. Later, a small community center around religious life began and soon it grew and prospered.
The ruins are extensive with the largest being the cathedral, which was started in the 10th century. There are several other buildings with beautiful arches and stunning architecture including Kevin’s Church and the Round Tower among others.
However, the existing remains in Glendalough tell only a small tale of its past life. The monastery included workshops, manuscript writing, several churches, a hospital, guest houses, farm buildings, and homes for religious leaders as well as a large population of parishioners in its prime.
Take the time to leisurely wander the paths along the lakes or try a challenging hike upon the mountains. Either way promises to bring a sense of peace and serenity.
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