County Tipperary, Ireland
The Rock of Cashel is one of Ireland's most important historical sights. As well as the Cathedral the Rock houses a Castle, a round tower and two ruined churches.
The Cathedral is the largest of the surviving buildings and was constructed mainly in the 13th Century in gothic style. The Abbey, Cathedral and Castle survived the centuries from it's handover to the Church in 1101 until Oliver Cromwell, fresh from the massacre at Drogheda, arrived at Cashel with a typically violent outcome. The buildings were ruined and 3,000 people were slaughtered. The year was 1647.
The Abbey remained in use until the 18th Century, and now the site is merely besieged by tourists!
The Rock of Cashel is owned by Páirceanna agus Séadchomharthai Náisiúnta na hÉireann (or the Irish Ministry of Works) and is open to the public throughout the year.
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