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Dun Bhatar: photos, description (Dun Kildare)

Among the most interesting and beautiful places in Ireland special attention certainly deserve the Aran Islands (are administratively part of County Galway), lying off the West coast of the island of Ireland at the entrance to Galway Bay. Given such a location, giving the opportunity to control the coast and the sea for miles around, it is not surprising that the Aran Islands have long been used as an important Outpost. Even in prehistoric times the Islands were built the FORTS, the ruins of which can still be seen today.

One of these ancient FORTS is Dun Bhatar (black stone Fort" or "black round Fort) on the island of Inishmore. The ruins of the Fort of Dun Bhatar lie on a narrow rocky promontory, formed as a result of soil erosion, which, in fact, part of the huge fortifications and disappeared in the coastal waters of Inishmore.

The exact date of construction of the first buildings of Dun Bhatara unknown. Historians believe that the fortress walls, preserved to our days, and in some places reaching 6 m high and 5 m wide, was built in the iron age, while the remains of residential structures, hiding behind the walls of the Fort, was erected in the early middle ages. Along the outer walls you can see remains of the so-called "slingshot" (stone blocks, vertically dug into the ground), has established itself in ancient times as a highly reliable additional protection, able for some time to deter intruders.

Today Dun Bhatar is an important archaeological and architectural monument, and although it's not as popular as the Fort of Dun Angus and is a little bit away from the tourist trails, it is definitely worth a visit.