Dun Aengus - Iron Age Ruins Coastal Panorama
Photograph - Panorama Photo
In every trip there are undeniable highlights, and one of my highlights from my first trip to Ireland was seeing Dun Aengus (or Dun Aonghasa in Gaelic Irish).
This ancient structure is a semi-circular stone building that hugs the coastline on Inishmore, the largest of the three Aran Islands near the city of Galway Centuries ago, comparatively modern day Irish people thought that this and several similar structures around the Aran Islands were forts. And the Irish Gaelic word for fort is Dun. The names have stuck, but today archaeologists are not so sure what was the purpose of these elaborate Iron Age buildings.
There is definitely a defensive element that you feel as you approach, but once inside, the feeling, at least to me was wholly different, and I subscribe to the thought that their was a spiritual reason or at least some sort of culturally significant reason the people built this place Inside the last ring, there's raised dais right on the cliff that I can only imagine was incredibly significant to someone a long time ago.
This site is so mammoth that one would need a helicopter to truly take it all in, but this was why I was moved to take several panorama shots of this insanely beautiful place on the edge of the ancient world.
November 13th, 2012
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