Glendalough, County Wicklow
Photographer: Mares, Frederick H
Medium: Photographic print
"Glendalough, or, as its name implies, 'The Valley of the Two Lochs,' presents a scene which, for stern and desolate grandeur, is not surpassed in Ireland. The Glen, which is almost completely hemmed in by lofty and, in one place, almost over-hanging mountains, was anciently celebrated as an abode of religion and literature. Here, about the close of the sixth century, a monastery was founded by Saint Kevin, round which a city was subsequently built. The ruins of a number of extremely early ecclesiastical buildings, including a Round Tower - of 110 feet in height - are all that remain to indicate the former importance of the place. Saint Kevin's Kitchen, a small, stone-roofed building, is, perhaps, the most interesting of the group, as it combines the use of a church with those of a dwelling. The Rhefeart Church is the ancient burial-place, as its name implies, of the petty Kings or Chieftans, the ancient rulers of this district; the Cathedral, or Great Church, facing the Round Tower; Temple-na-Skellig, near the Cliff of Lugduff; and the Priory of Saint Kevin, originally the most beautiful structure of the place. In the cemetery there are several specimens of the stone crosses of which so many remain in Ireland."
Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of Co. Wicklow' by F H Mares