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The Rock of Cashel viewed from the ruins of Hore Abbey which was a Cistercian monastery.

This shot is meant to compliment Thorsten Buchen's (thor68) wonderful telephoto shot of Hore Abbey viewed from the Rock of Cashel above. In my shot, the roles are reversed as I'm in Hore Abbey looking up to the Rock of Cashel.

When you're at the Rock of Cashel, you have splendid views of the surrounding countryside and it's easy to pick out the ruins of Hore Abbey. My suggestion if you do visit Cashel is to leave a little time to make the walk of car ride over to Hore Abbey ruins. You're free to enter and wander the ruins at will and they offer some different perspectives on the Rock of Cashel above. And if you're brave enough and don't mind getting your shoes dirty (note cows are grazed in the fields around the ruins) you might be able to get a classic shot with the Hore Abbey ruins in the foreground with the Rock of Cashel towering above.

Here's some background on the Rock of Cashel from a prior post:

A superb historic site in the province of Munster, the Rock of Cashel is also known as the Cashel of the Kings and St. Patrick's Rock. It served as the traditional seat of the Kings of Munster for several hundred years prior to the Norman invasion and the majority of its current buildings date from the 12th and 13th centuries. But it's history does not begin there. Cashel is reputed to be the site of the conversion of the King of Munster by St. Patrick all the way back in the 5th century A.D!

Collectively, the complex of buildings on the crown of Cashel is considered one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture to be found anywhere in Europe. Highlights of a tour of Cashel include Cormac's Chapel (consecrated in 1134) and many numerous Celtic crosses that seem to surround the buildings.

Regards,
Doug

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