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    Powerscourt Gardens

    by globetrott Written Jul 27, 2007

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    Powerscourt palace and Gardens are situated south of Dublin in the Wicklow Mountains opposite the 'Great Sugar Loaf Mountain'.Unfortunately the building burned 1974 and since that time there is only the fassade of the House left.
    But the gardens are in a wonderful condition!There is a Japanese Garden, an Italian Garden, and even a cemetary, where the Manor's owners buried their dogs,cats and even horses and cows .
    Powerscourt Palace & Gardens were built in 1730
    Today you have to pay an entrance fee at the entrance to the park and the parking of your car inside the park will be included.

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    remains of the monastery in Glendalough

    by globetrott Updated Jul 27, 2007

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    Next to the lakes there are also some remains of the old monastery of Glendalough, nother special is left over, except a few remains of nice arches and a few decorations.
    Glendalough consists only of a large parking-lot, the few ruins , a kiosk and maybe 2 private houses...

    ...this might be the reason , why VT does not have it's own page for it, although Glendalough is one of the major sights in Ireland.

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    Glendalough Lakes

    by globetrott Written Jul 27, 2007

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    There are severalsmall lakes next to Glendalough and they are really scenic, BUT the location Glendalough Lakes that is listed in VT under County Wicklow seems to be rather in the Ring of Kerry-area - take a look at the map that is provided by VT and compare it with villages closeby like Waterville (16km) and Sneem (15km).
    Unfortunately lots of VT-members show their pics and tips about Glendalough there...

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    great celtic Crosses

    by globetrott Written Jul 27, 2007

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    Celtic Crosses could be seen quite a lot in the small cemetery of Glendalough. They are not so very large and ornate like at other places, where you may see so-called "High Crosses" with ornate decorations, but they look really nice in their natural surrounding of the small cemetery around the small church of Glendalough.

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    the round tower of Glendalough

    by globetrott Written Jul 27, 2007

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    the round tower of Glendalough is one of the few round towers left over in Ireland and science still has problems to find out about the purpose of these towers.
    In the hight of about 5 meters above the ground there is a door that could be blocked in case of enemies approaching.
    So this was for saftey reasons, but why would they have built such a high tower just for that ??

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    St.Kevin's Kitchen in Glendalough

    by globetrott Written Jul 27, 2007

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    St.Kevin's Kitchen is the quite strange name for this small stone-church in Glendalough founded by St.Kevin in the 6th century.It was of course never used as a kitchen, but with the small bell-tower on top of that little church, that was similar to a oven-chimney, people used to call it St.Kevin's kitchen.
    Once that you had payed a small entrance-fee at the parking you are free to walk around all of the sights of Glendalough freely and without restrictions. During the night they are totally open.

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    Drive the Wicklow Mountains

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Mar 9, 2007

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    The Wicklow Mountains National Park is a very interesting area - we wished that we had had more time to fully explore and enjoy its wonders. It was a strange landscape as we entered this upland area of 2800 foot peaks. The largely granite landscape in many places was devoid of trees and instead was a velvety green landscape dropping down into valleys. The road we were on had little other traffic (one of the reasons that we thought we must be lost) but there were amazing views around every turn. One strange thing was that, every so often, we would come across a burned out wreck of a car in the ditch. Having a piece of junk laying there in this green landscape seemed strange because there were no other signs of human habitation for most of the drive! This 700 square mile area contains Europe's longest glacier-formed valley. (Nov. 2004 update from 'birchy99' - he says that the young lads in Dublin at this time had a habit of stealing cars, crashing them into various objects and then driving them into the countryside where they torched them!)

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    Glendalough

    by kevarms Written Nov 18, 2006

    Deep in the heart of the beautiful Wicklow Mountains, this monastic site was founded by the hermit priest St Kevin (not me!) in the 6th century.It eventually became one of the most famous monasteries in Europe. Pretty much all that remains is ruins, although the extraordinary tower is well preserved and it's worth taking the guided tour, which I found very interesting. Further up the valley are two lakes which are nice to stroll around. The first is Lower Lake and an easy walk from Glendalough. The second is Upper Lake, a bit of a hike but much more impressive, complete with waterfall and the supposed sites of two of St Kevin's hermitty (?) places.

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    Powerscourt Estate

    by Mikebond Updated Mar 24, 2006

    Powerscourt is located near Enniskerry, 19 km (12 miles) to the South of Dublin. It consists of a 18th Century Palladian house with beautiful gardens all around it.
    See the website below for opening times and fares.

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    Powerscourt Gardens

    by Mikebond Updated Mar 24, 2006

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    The gardens occupy an area of 47 acres and they are arranged in different styles: you'll see Italian, French, Japanese gardens. You can find over 200 varieties of plants, but you don't need to be a keen gardener to fully enjoy this natural spectacle!

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    Lake Tay

    by orlikins Updated Dec 16, 2005

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    Beautiful view of the lake from the road when you pass the Sally Gap on the road to Roundwood.

    It is part of the Wicklow Way (walking trail).

    There is a private house on the shore of the lake (by the Guinnes family, i think), so the lake is not readily accessible to the public. You can see the bigger Lough Dan through the mountains as well.

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    Sally Gap

    by orlikins Updated Dec 16, 2005

    High up in the Wicklow Mountains, the landscape is a bit bleak for my liking, I could not see what all the fuss is about. I had expected some kind of scenic panoramic
    vista, but it is not really like that at all.

    However if you're into hill climbing and cycling, this is a wonderful place to go.

    Take care when you are driving, as the roads are narrow, sheep wander about freely and you can easily get the car stuck in a ditch or plummet down the mountain if you're not careful.

    It is convenient to Glendalough, Enniskerry, Blessington and Roundwood. Basically, it is a pivotal crossroads up in the Wicklow Mountains.

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    Glendalough Cathedral

    by ATXtraveler Written Feb 1, 2005

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    The original church building for Glendalough was designed by St. Kevin, and is now just in rubble on the site.

    Between this, the reefert church, and the round tower, Glendalough is really a beautiful site to visit!

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    Glendalough Reefert Church

    by ATXtraveler Written Feb 1, 2005

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    Reefert refers to the Royal Graveyard in Gaelic, which is one of the main attractions to this site in County Wicklow.

    Pilgrims who have made the long and arduous journey to Rome, bring back earth from the tombs of the martyrs and use it to bless the ground of the new church at the lake shore. It comes to be called Reefert Church, meaning 'royal graveyard'.

    Reefert is a key attraction for pilgrims. With its earth from Rome, people come from all over Ireland to visit. Seven pilgrimages to Glendalough equals one to Rome, and so it becomes a natural alternative for those unable to make the longer trip. In time to come, Reefert Church becomes a favoured burial place for the great and good.

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    Glendelough Monastery

    by ATXtraveler Written Feb 1, 2005

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    Glendelough is situated within County Wicklow which is considered the Garden State of Ireland, and contains several mystical fairy tale type locations.

    The Monastery is home to some beautiful views, including a magical lake. Across the lake from the monastery is the Bed of St. Kevin, the founder of the monastery.

    It has several unique sites including this picture of the gateway arches.

    Glendalough Arches

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