Monastic Towers

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Dathi
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Monastic Towers

Postby Dathi » 18 Jun 2011, 17:20

Greetings,

The round towers of Ireland have long fascinated me. Dozens of these iconic structures dit the landscape (here are details of 52 of them http://www.roundtowers.org/ ) and I've been to a fair few of them. Mostly they are barred and bolted and no access is allowed. Given that they mainly seem to have been built about 1000 years ago (9th to 12th C) it's amazing that so many are still standing.

I'd often thought of how cool it would be to have a tall tower as a study and hidey hole. This week I had a chance to climb one of the few accessable ones (only one?). Wow! And worth sharing. This is the tower at Kildare where St Brigit did her thing.
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The view from the top is amazing. This pikkie includes the restored Fire Temple attributed to St Brigit (Brid, Brigid etc.).
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Brigit's Fire Temple
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There is much speculation as to the purpose of these towers; watch-towers, places of refuge, storage, beacons for travellers etc. Likewise the is speculation on the design origin. I'd say that they were not much good as defensive structures. A substantial fire built around their base would soon smoke out any refugees.

Nonetheless, they stand as a tribute to their builders. And I still want one myself!!!

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Re: Monastic Towers

Postby DaRC » 20 Jun 2011, 12:26

great pics Dathi -
they are a bit of a conundrum but calling the populace to prayer seems to be the current theory?
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Re: Monastic Towers

Postby Dathi » 26 Jun 2011, 20:55

From recent travels. The round tower at Kells. As featured in the brilliant animated film The Secret of Kells: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw2_HZTuQBE
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So much history. Monks from Iona settled here about 804 CE, Vikings repeatedly raided the place. A High King of Ireland was murdered in the tower in 1076, and the illuminated manuscript was created here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Kells
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