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Road-Trip en Irlande, jour 12


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Monasterboice

Abbaye de Duleek et grandes croix

Seven wonders of fore


Monasterboice

Et hop, encore un cimetière. Deux très belles croix a voir et une tour ronde. Les croix sont effectivement très belles, ce serait dommage de les rater parce qu'on est blasé. Ce sont les plus belles que j'ai vu en Irlande.

The historic ruins of Monasterboice are of an early Christian settlement. It was founded in the late 5th century by Saint Buithe who died around 521, and was an important centre of religion and learning until the founding of nearby Mellifont Abbey in 1142.

The site houses two churches built in the 14th century or later and an earlier round tower, but it is most famous for its 10th century high crosses.

The round tower is about 35-metres tall. The passage of time has laid down layers of earth so now the doorway is almost at ground level.

The 5.5-metre Muiredach's High Cross is regarded as the finest high cross in the whole of Ireland. It is named after an abbot, Muiredach mac Domhnaill, who died in 923 and features biblical carvings of both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. The North and West crosses are also fine examples of this kind of structure, but these have suffered much more from the effects of the weather.


Abbaye de Duleek et grandes croix

Restons sur les classiques en cours de route. L'abbaye en ruines et ses croix. Bon rien de bien remarquable ici, si ce n'est qu'ils ont installé un restaurant (cher, grande cuisine) en plein milieu du cimetière dans une ancienne église. Pour des soirées a thème peut-être, vampires, zombies et autres revenants ?

J'en connais qui détestent mettre les pieds dans les cimetières en dehors de rendre visite aux morts, l'Irlande n'est donc pas une bonne destination pour eux.


Seven wonders of fore

Les sept merveilles de fore. Petit côté original pour cette petite ville de campagne perdue dans le centre de l'Irlande. Autour d'un monastère qui n'aurait pas du pouvoir être construit (puisque pose sr des marécages), on trouve l'arbre qui ne brûle pas, l'eau qui ne boue pas, etc ... Sept merveilles amusantes a découvrir dans un coin très calme. Les rites païens ont encore de l'avenir, je suis toujours épatée par le nombre de personnes qui vont jeter des pièces des qu'ils trouvent un point d'eau. C'est dans l'arbre qu'il faut les mettre ;-)

Fore Abbey is the old Benedictine Abbey ruin. Fore village is situated within a valley between two hills: the Hill of Ben, the Hill of Houndslow, and the Anchorland rise area. There can be found the ruins of a Christian monastery, which had been populated at one time by French Benedictine monks from Évreux, Normandy.

The Abbey is also noted for what local populations call its seven wonders:
1. The monastery built upon the bog.
2. The mill without a race (St. Fechin reportedly induced water to flow from the ground and operate a mill that had no visible water supply - in reality water from Lough Lene flows through the ground).
3. The water that flows uphill. (St. Fechin reportedly used his staff to make the water flow uphill)
4. The tree that has three branches/the tree that won’t burn. Pilgrims place coins in it, giving it the name "the copper tree."
5. The water that doesn’t boil in St Fechin's holy well.
6. The anchorite in a cell
7. The lintel-stone raised by St. Fechin’s prayers.


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