Glendalough: A Visit to Ancient Ireland

Jun 10, 2011 by    Posted under: Photos, Travel

Ireland is truly just as we in America imagine it to be. It’s green, lush, and filled with friendly people. I first visited Ireland in 2003 for a 10 day spiritual quest and fell madly in love. It might be cliche and cheesy to say this but Ireland truly does feel magical. Like there are ancient forces there that I don’t know how to even being to explain. Everything feels so alive and there’s something in the air that draws me into myself to a place that feels like home.

Glendalough is an early monastic site that dates back to the 6th century. It was established by St Kevin who is said to have been a gentle man. Even though Glendalough was founded by early Christians, it feels much, much older than that. The land itself feels charged for meditative reflection and I can imagine the earliest inhabitants must have felt the same. Being in Glendalough bought me right back to this place within myself that feels like center, the place where people throughout time must have come here to find.

Glendalough means “Valley of the Two Lakes”. Here is a photo of Upper Lake at the bottom of the valley.

St Kevin’s church is not far from Upper Lake. It must have had a thatched roof on it in the time that it was used.

The colors in Ireland are incredibly vibrant. In St Kevin’s churchyard they seemed especially so.

This beautiful tree caught my attention with its unusual shape. If anyone knows what kind of tree it is, I would love to know.

St. Kevin’s church and yard. The graves that were still legible dated from the mid 1900s and back several centenaries. There were quite a few markers that were no more than smooth stones that must have been there longer.

You can see more photos of Glendalough at Where in the World is Basha’s Facebook Page.



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