Born in the land of Saints and Scholars, our Irish monastic settlements are a very important part of our Irish heritage.
New in stock, this beautiful 'Dream Tower' Silver Pendant is a replica of an Irish monastic Round Tower. This silver pendant is adorned with three lovely gemstones, blue topaz, amethyst and rhodolite garnet, hallmarked by the Assay Office in Dublin Castle and hangs on a 16" silver chain.
This is a quality silver pendant, handcrafted by Garret Mallon, who is one of Ireland's top jewellers.
Normally retailing at €140, we offer a €30 discount for TheWildGeese.Irish members. (At checkout, use code WGDT30.)
Made to order, expect about 10 working days from order to dispatch. Please order early for Christmas to avoid disappointment. (See more on structures from Ireland's early Church below.)
Celebrate Ireland’s monastic past with our beautiful Irish monastic crafted candles for sale at TotallyIrishGifts.com, available as gift sets or as individual candles.
The Irish Round Tower, or Cloigtheach in Irish, was the Bell House found throughout Ireland, principally at churches and more so at monastic sites.
Round Towers were extremely solid and well built, ranging in height from 59 feet to 130 feet in height and 39 feet to 59 feet in circumference. The Round Towers have slits for windows, positioned high up the tower. The roof of the Tower was made of stone in a conical shape. The Round Tower has a door which is raised about 6-8 feet above ground, accessed by a ladder.
Within the Tower there would be about two more floors (wooden) also accessed by a ladder. As children, we were taught that these Towers were built to withhold raids – attacks by Viking marauders. Upon attack, the monks would gather their precious books and relics to the tower and raise the ladders behind them as they progressed up the tower, and so were protected against the invaders. Other conjecture about the purpose of these towers includes:
* bell towers
* lookout towers
* beacons for travellers
* massive sun dials
* local memorials
Round towers were built in Ireland between the 9th and 12th centuries, and many still exist today in various states, some in ruins, some intact and good condition.
Irish Celtic Monks built beehive-shaped stone huts for use as their living/sleeping areas – cells. The building technique was called ‘drystone' -- no mortar was used yet they still stand strong and watertight. One of the best examples of beehives in Ireland is at the monastic site on the wonderful Skellig Michael island off the coast of Kerry. It requires a one-hour long boat trip to the Skelligs and then an ascent of 600 steps up to the monastic site (and of course then down again) – I chickened out of a trip a few years ago that my husband and then 12-year-old son completed!!