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Glendalough - Gateway Town Wall and Gate
 

County

Wicklow

Coordinates

N 53° 00' 39.96"   W 006° 19' 34.38"

Nearest town

Laragh

Grid Ref.

T 12319 96911

Map No.

56

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

139

Date of visit

Friday 2 June 2017

GPS Accuracy (m)

4
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The two arches of the gateway at Glendalough. The upper section of the building is missing.
A series of steps have been added in more modern times on the northeast side of the gateway.
Unfortunately the beauty of the place is spoiled by the presence of tourists attractions.


Glendalough was an ancient monastic city, with seven churches and other structures. It was enclosed into a huge circular stone enclosure. Of course it needed an access. This gateway was the main access to the enclosed settlement and it is the only surviving example of a gateway to a monastic city in Ireland.
The access consists of a square building with two arched passages built with stones cut specifically to hold themselves up without mortar. The gateway is aligned northeast-southwest (40°-220°). Seven steps have been added in more modern times to the northeast arch. On the northwest wall past the inner arch is a large stone with an inscribed cross. This cross would mark the boundary of the sanctuary, hence of the place of refuge.


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