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Blarney castle: photos, description (Blarney Castle)

Among the numerous sights in Ireland special attention deserve the Blarney castle - a dilapidated old castle near the eponymous village just 8-10 km North-West of cork city. Today it is perhaps one of the most popular tourist destinations in County cork.

Historians believe that the first castle on these lands existed in the 10th century. It was built of wood and there is nothing surprising in the fact that from original construction to the present day not a trace remained. Before the Foundation was destroyed, and then replaced it in the early 13th century a more robust stone castle. The castle as we see it today was built in 1446 by the king of Munster, Dermot McCarthy.

For their violent and long history of Blarney castle survived multiple sieges, and repeatedly changed its owners. At the end of the 17th century the castle was acquired by the Governor of Cork, sir James Jeffers, whose descendants own it and in our days.

Fame the castle was largely thanks to the legendary Blarney stone (or the Blarney stone), which has long been legendary. It is a block of so-called "white stone" (also known as the Carboniferous limestone) and is mounted in the upper part of the castle wall. According to legend, anyone who kisses this stone (it is necessary to observe a certain ritual), will always gain the gift of eloquence. Truth or fiction, of course, unknown, but there is always more than enough.

However, even if you don't have a burning desire to gain the gift of eloquence that rise to the top of the fortress walls is definitely worth it in order to enjoy the excellent panoramic views. A lot of fun you will get simply walking in the picturesque surroundings of the castle where you can admire the magnificent gardens, which were broken in the early 18th century. Worth a visit and located just opposite the old castle open to the public the so-called Blarney house is a magnificent mansion in the Scottish baronial style, built in 1874.