Glendalough Round Tower

Hauke Steinberg

Dublin, Ireland

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Glendalough (Irish: Gleann Dá Loch, meaning ‘Glen of Two Lakes’) is a glacial valley located in County Wicklow, Ireland, renowned for its Early Medieval monastic settlement founded in the 6th century by St Kevin, a hermit priest.

The Round Tower, built of mica-slate interspersed with granite is about 30 metres high, with an entrance 3.5 metres from the base. The conical roof was rebuilt in 1876 using the original stones. The tower originally had six timber floors, connected by ladders. The four storeys above entrance level are each lit by a small window; while the top storey has four windows facing the cardinal compass points. Round towers, landmarks for approaching visitors, were built as bell towers, but also served on occasion as store-houses and as places of refuge in times of attack.

Canon 40D, Sigma 17-70 @ 25mm, f10, three bracketed shots (1/320s, 1/80s, 1/20s), combined and tonemapped with photomatix, processed with Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2

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