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Glendalough Monastic Settlement

Address: Visitor Centre, Ireland
Phone Number: 0404/45325
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Owner description: This historic site, whose Gaelic name translates to “valley of the...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This historic site, whose Gaelic name translates to “valley of the two lakes,” consists of the 6th-century monastery founded by St. Kevin and the famous round tower, standing 112 feet high with a base measuring 52 feet in circumference. Visitors: There is a car park at the Visitor Centre. It is recommended to see the informational video at the Visitor Centre before starting your explorations.
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

An interesting place to visit. The tower and small St Kevin's church are well preserved and the surrounding gravestones tell a story of the people who have lived in the area for many centuries.

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Melbourne, Australia
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18 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

The Clonmacnoise of the east and just as amazing. Can be fairly busy due to it's proximity to Dublin. Really beautiful setting. Missed the visitors centre as it's a little bit confusing going in. Worth going.

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Dublin
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18 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

In a beautiful setting in the wicklow mountains. it's always a popular stop on guided/bus tours. Well worth a visit and quite close to Dublin. I'd recommend the fairly short walk to the upper lake too

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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43 reviews 43 reviews
3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015 via mobile

The Round Tower and Cathedral ruins are worth the 45 minute trip south of Dublin to the small valley that hold St Kevin's settlement in Wicklow. Having lived in the area for years some time back, I can return without a few hours at the remarkable site. Hiking to the upper lake and viewing Kevin's cave are worth the time.... More 

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Burlington, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

To visit the Glendalough Monastic Settlement is to instantly immerse oneself into the very essence of Irish history. Ireland's monasteries were its beating heart during the first millenium after Christ. During this time period, Ireland did not have city centers and the country monasteries were Ireland. These centers of worship and learning preserved Irish history during this period and provided... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

if you like history and walking, this is a place worth visiting. You have several choices of short, medium and long walks. The scenery is breathtaking.

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Cary, NC
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Very enjoyable view into an ancient village ruin about an hour south of Dublin. Very enjoyable visit and in a beautiful national park.

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Indiana
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

If you are traveling south of Dublin you need to seriously consider stopping at Glendalough (aka St Kevin's). The history of monastic settlement is interesting. But scenery is beautiful. There are gentle walking trails that takes you around the settlement. The views are breath taking. Allow yourself about 4 hours. You will "get your exercise" for the day and your... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Beautiful old settlement with ancient grave markers, as well as some more recent ones. Loved the somewhat eerie feel of the place. The visitor center was a disappointment, and we had some difficulty figuring out where to go,what to see and what it was we were looking at.

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Dublin
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

An early Christian ecclesiastical settlement (Monastic City) founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century, set in a glacial valley. It is one of the most important early Christian monastic sites in Ireland. Most of the buildings that survive there today date from the 10th to 12th centuries, including a 30m high Round Tower whose conical roof was replaced in... More 

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