The Abbey at Inisfallen

One of the most peaceful and contemplative spots in all of Ireland, the Abbey at Inisfallen was founded in the 7th century by St. Fallen or St. Finian.  The Abbey was one of the main centers of Irish learning for the next 1,000 years, and legend claims that both Brian Boru and St. Brendan the Navigator were educated here.  One of the great works of Irish history, The Annals of Inisfallen, were composed here between the 10th and 13th centuries.  Today, the remains of both an early 11th-century church and a 12th-century oratory remain.  Walking about this small island, with lake water lapping in the background and not a shred of evidence of the 21st century to be seen, is one of the most meditative experiences to be had in Ireland.

The ruins of the main Abbey church and domestic buildings (11th-13th century)

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