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Glendalough in Wicklow, Ireland, was established as a monastic settlement in the 6th century. It had seven churches, a tower, gateway, and other buildings to accommodate a large community of monks and lay people. In this King’s Topographical Collection watercolour by Peter Van Lerberghe a procession of worshipers bearing torches can be seen outside the tiny moss-covered church of St Kevin, congregated for Midnight Mass. In the foreground at right are the vestiges of Glendalough Cathedral, surrounded by tombstones and an ancient Celtic Cross. With its ruins and spectacular natural beauty, Glendalough was an inherently Romantic destination for 18th-century tourists.


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