Glendalough Valley : Michelin's recommendations
St Kevin came to this long isolated valley, in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains, to find solitude. Later, he founded a monastery that became a highly frequented pilgrimage centre and still continues to attract hoards of tourists. The «Glen of the Two Lakes» is, without doubt, one of Ireland's most evocative monastic sites. This is due both to the beauty of its setting and the number of buildings - intact or in ruins - testifying to the beginnings of Christianity in Ireland. The ruins of the second monastery east of the Lower Lake, constitute the most important part of this site. Its gateway is the only entrance to a monastic enclosure of its kind still in existence in Ireland. A round clock tower (30m high) is the most striking element of this site. It was probably built in the early 10C. It not only housed the clock, it was also used as a landmark, warehouse, watchtower and refuge. The entrance stands some 4m above the ground. The cathedral which was once the centre of community life still dominates the site with its presence. It has one of the biggest naves of Ireland's early churches. It was erected in stages, probably towards the end of the 10C, with a nave and choir, and a small sacristy on the south side. St. Kevin's Church, a primitive oratory, with its high-pitched roof dates from the 11C. To the east of the Upper Lake, there are crosses that were used to mark the boundaries of the original monastic site. Later, they were used for the stations of the cross, when the abbey became one of Ireland's four main pilgrimage centres.
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