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Glendalough - Round Tower Round Tower
 

County

Wicklow

Coordinates

N 53° 00' 39.5"   W 006° 19' 39.6"

Nearest town

Laragh

Grid Ref.

T 12296 96858

Map No.

56

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

150

Date of visit

Tuesday 4 September 2012

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The round tower at Glendalough seen from the southeast.


This is one of the tallest and best preserved round towers in all Ireland.
It stands at 29.50 metres high. The conical cap was rebuilt in 1876 using the original stones. The rounded doorway is at 3.56 metres from the ground, it's 1.55 metres high and 53 centimetres wide, and faces southeast (140°).
Internally the tower had six timber floors connected by ladders. Each storey was lit by a small window along the drum of the tower. Four more windows are under the cap pointing the cardinal points of the compass.
On the top of the cap there's a lightning rod.

We came here twice in the past. The first time on July 6th, 1994. The second time on May 20th, 2002.


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