Glendalough

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The ruins of Glendalough - some of its buildings including its Round Tower are still standing - up in the Wicklow Mountains, is one of the loveliest places in Ireland. The name means 'valley of the two lakes'. Originally a hermitage of Saint Kevin, it soon became an important site, where illuminated books similar to the great Book of Kells were made. In modern times, the father of Oscar Wilde liked to take parties of people there. Glendalough features prominently in the 'Vikings' and 'Brian Boru' chapters of the first book of Rutherfurd's Irish saga.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
As those who have read PARIS will know, the Parisian neighborhood of Les Halles, now known for its vast mall complex, was once the site of the Cimetière des Innocents, Paris’ largest cemetery. What started in the 12th century as a smallish graveyard ballooned to a resting place for over 2 million corpses ! By the 1780’s, the cemetery had become so overfilled and unhygienic that Louis XVI closed it, and ordered all bodies be exhumed and transferred to the Catacombs. Today, only one relic remains from the neighborhood’s eerie past - La Fontaine des Innocents – a fountain built in the sixteenth century which once marked the entrance to the graveyard.




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