Muckross Abbey, founded in 1448 is one of the major ecclesiastical sites found in the Killarney National Park. It has had a violent history, and has been damaged and reconstructed many times. The Friars were often persecuted and subjected to raids by marauding groups. Today the Abbey is largely roofless, although apart from this is generally quite well preserved. Photo by Guenter Heyde.
It was partially destroyed by a great fire March 13, 1932, just after the baron Robert Lejeune, then owner of the castle, had been installing new central heating. The castle now remains in ruins. Only the chapel behind the castle was spared and still in reasonable condition.
The Trulli houses of Alberobello in the Puglia region of Italy were built by settlers from limestone and not much else. An impressive dry stone building technique meant the houses could be collapsed simply by pulling out a keystone. Anyone else thinking they look like hobbit houses? Not just us then.