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CASHEL'S FORTIFIED CATHEDRAL, BUILT UPON A LIMESTONE CRAG

CASHEL'S FORTIFIED CATHEDRAL, BUILT UPON A LIMESTONE CRAG

On the summit of a crag of limestone, 300 feet high, which stands out of the plain, is the ancient city of Cashel, in the county of Tipperary. The cathedral was built here in the twelfth century by Donal O'Brien and, in all probability, remodelled by the Normans. Its position on top of a rock and the wall round it made it a place of refuge time and time again until at last Cromwell blew up its great tower. But enough remains for us to judge what an impressive structure this used to be before roof fell and wall began to crumble. On the right of the buildings we can see the cone-shaped roof of the Round Tower. On the near side of the cathedral is Cormac's Chapel, with a square tower forming a south transept

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