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SKELLIG MICHAEL, a rocky island off the western coast of Ireland, used by monks as a religious cloister between the and centuries. Their stone huts still survive, as do the six hundred STONE STEPS leading up from the landing point. ~celticvoices

Skellig Michael Ballinskelligs, IRELAND. In the 6th century St. Fionan founded a monastic settlement on the Island. This incredible feat of engineering took place on an island some 714 feet high, lying 8 miles off the south-west coast of Ireland and involved the construction of Stone built beehive cells, retaining walls, two oratories, a church, cross slabs, two wells, stone terraces, flights of stone steps leading from their landing sights at sea level to the Monastery some 200 metres…

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Skellig Michael, Ireland Rising like a sunken Gothic cathedral off Ireland’s Iveragh peninsula, the island of Skellig Michael was home to Irish Christian monks for some 600 years until A.D. 1100, when it was abandoned out of fear of more Viking raids.