5 of the most unusual attractions in Ireland
Ireland has been famous for its natural wonders: The Cliffs of Moher, Giant’s Causeway, and many natural wonders that can give a perfect scenic view of how beautiful the land is. Ireland has a rich tapestry of tourist destinations, given their historical significance and outstanding beauty. However, there are attractions that somehow doesn’t receive the attention that they deserve. In this review, we’re going to tackle a list of Ireland’s odd yet fascinating destinations, that you might consider taking a peek once you’re in Ireland.
Here the 5 of the most unusual attractions in Ireland.
1. Irish Sky Garden
The Sky Garden at Liss Ard Country House Estate, is only one of the two in the world, designed by the American sculptor James Turrell, its beauty is exceptionally difficult to put into words. It is a massive conceptual garden built around a huge crater that contains a central plinth. Lie on the plinth and gaze at the heavens and you’ll see the sky framed perfectly by the rim of the crater. It’s quite incredible and very hard to describe; just keep your mouth closed if it’s–you know, raining.
2. Cork Butter Museum
The museum that documents the history of butter production and sale in: County Cork, the largest and southernmost county in Ireland. While butter museum might not sound an adventurous must-see-tourist-spot in Ireland, The Cork Butter Museum holds and actually tells a very important story about Ireland’s development. In particular, the museum in concerned with the international butter exchange in the 19th-century, the domestic production of butter and the success of Kerrygold. The museum holds a variety of collections, including a variety of dairy paraphernalia that includes of the thousand-year-old, medieval: Bog Butter. Not bad eh?
3. St. Michan’s Mummies
St. Michan’s Church; located in CHurch Street, Dublin, Ireland. The church itself has an interesting history, even without the mummies. The foundation of the church was built in 1095 to serve the remaining and ostracized Vikings, who were still in Ireland after the rest had been killed or kicked out by the Wolf and Quarrelsome and other Irish forces in 1014. It was reconstructed in 1686 and has served Church of Ireland parishioners in Dublin for more than 300 years. Downset on a dimly lit narrow stone steps, in a vault underneath the church, lay dozens of coffins and a mummy ready to shake your hand. The walls in the vaults contain limestones, which has kept the air dry, creating an ideal condition for preservation. Given the situation, the mummies of St. Michan’s Church are really available for viewing, because–you know, church rules.
4. Christ Church Cathedral
Since 1030 AD, Christ Church has been an integral and intriguing part of the Irish history, and over the centuries had collected a variety of strange artifacts. The Cathedral was founded by the Hiberno-Norse King: Sitric Silkenbeard and Dunan–the first bishop of Dublin. The Original Viking church has been a part of the Dublin and Irish history ever since. The church has been under countless reconstruction and restorations from 1171 up to the 19th and 20th century. Many strange artifacts have been found secluded in the corners of the church, like the one they’ve found on the church’s nave, that contains the reputed tomb of the medieval-Welsh peer and warlord: Strongbow. Another one is a mummified remains of a cat and a rat. According to the folklore, the cat chased the rat into a pipe or an organ and both became stuck. The remains of the cat and the rat is still preserved by the church and is available for viewing.
5. Victor’s Way Indian Sculpture Park
Previously Victoria’s Way, this park located near Roundwood, County Wicklow, Ireland, is a privately owned meditation garden notable for its black granite sculptures. Covering 22 acres, the park includes a series of dancing figures of Ganesh, Shiva, and other Hindu deities. It also includes more bizarre sculptures of a skeletal Buddha-like figure, an enormous disembodied finger, and a sculpture called: The Split Man, which shows a figure ripping itself in two, representing the mental state of a dysfunctional human. Intended to represent the spiritual progression to enlightenment, this collection of 14 statues took 20 years to complete. A plaque dedicates the park to mathematician Alan Turing.
These unusual attractions shows some of Ireland’s odd yet fascinating history and culture. It’s just like saying that everything has its own beauty, even the odd and unusual one. You just need to have an open eye to see its value.
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