Wednesday, August 30, 2017

O'Brien's Tower


My last image from the Cliffs of Moher, I promise. I like this for its sense of scale. You can see O'Brien's Tower. But just look at how insignificant it appears as contrasted with the cliffs!

"The tower was built on the cliffs in 1835 by local landlord and MP Sir Cornellius O'Brien as an observation tower for the Victorian tourists that frequented the cliffs at the time: 'strangers visiting the Magnificent Scenery of this neighbourhood'. It is said to have initially served as a teahouse, featuring a large round table with seats of ironwork.

Another version tells of O'Brien building the tower in order to impress women he was courting. On a clear day the view can extend as far as Loop Head at the southern tip of Clare and beyond to the mountains of Kerry. Looking north from O'Brien's Tower on clear days, the Twelve Bens in Connemara (also known as the Twelve Pins) beyond Galway Bay can be seen, and typically the Aran Islands to the west" (Wikipedia).

11 comments:

  1. Nature is always more impressive than the highest tower!

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  2. Pity I haven't seen that tower when I was there. Would love to have been up but you made your point on scale.

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  3. How beautiful! I am looking forward to visiting this area next summer.

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  4. Muy buena perspectiva, para apreciar esos buenos elementos que protagonizan la imagen.

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  5. I've loved all of your images from the Cliffs of Moher ...

    All the best Jan

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  6. I would love to visit that tower! What a view!

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  7. Fabulous scenery. Good old Sir Cornelius, he really knew how to pick real estate when he started building his tower.

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