The Hill of Tara was the Coronation place of Irelands pre-Christian kings, and is one of Irelands more famous sites. This was not an hereditary Kingship, the kings either won it in battle or were chosen for it. Although no buildings survive there are a number of large earthworks still remaining on the hill, some are inside an even larger iron age enclosure known as a Hill Fort. In the middle of this enclosure are two linked ring forts, to the East is Cormacs House and to the West is The Royal Seat.
Rath of the Synods
North of the iron age enclosure is a 2,000 year old earthwork,
The Rath of the Synods,
which is built around an earlier burial mound known as the King’s Chair. This earthwork can be seen in the picture above, the largest mound on the right is the Mound of the Hostages. Further North is a long rectangular area with banks on either side, known as the Banqueting Hall it may have been used as such but is more likely to have been an entrance road to Tara.
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