abbey at cashel on Flickr.

Hore Abbey, also known as St. Mary’s Abbey of the Rock, a ruined monastery, photographed from the Rock of Cashel, County Tipperary, Ireland. The monastery complex began under the Benedictines in 1260, and after many expansions and updates under the Cistercian order was ruined on purpose in 1540, when the property was made unfit for habitation and most of the abbey assets were sold off. The deconstruction of Hore Abbey and many Catholic institutions in England, Ireland, and Wales was part of a campaign known as the Dissolution of the Monasteries, one of many political attacks with religious pretense carried out in the isles by Henry VIII and/or a Cromwell.

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    its so beautiful! it is one of my favorite memories of ireland.
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