ROOFLESS HISTORY - In the mid 1600’s, the Church of Ireland stopped using the cathedral and they removed the roof. They dismantled it because the roof was rich in lead, which could be used to make ammunition. Alchemists of the time also believed that the lead could be turned into gold, with the right catalyst. During those times, that belief made lead a very valuable commodity.
|Large cemetery in the back of the cathedral|
LARGE CEMETERY - In the back of the Fortress and Cathedral was a large cemetery, filled with Celtic crosses and lots of dead people throughout the last two centuries. :)
|The Rock of Cashel and Roofless Cathedral|
HOW BIG WAS THE PROPERTY? - At it's height, the abbey owned over 200 acres! That's a considerably large plot at that time, but necessary to abide by cistercian tenets of being self-sufficient.
NEXT: Some Odd Carvings Inside the Rock of Cashel
|Old sketch of the Rock of Cashel|
VIDEO OF SEAMUS, OUR GUIDE:
Inside the castle known as the Rock of Cashel- our great tour guide Seamus was explaining the architecture.