Monday, August 10, 2015

ISLE OF MAN ~ Peel Castle -St Patrick's Isle ~

...Great castle view in a beautiful setting overlooking the Irish sea...a place steeped in history...Thanks a lot James!!
Peel Castle was originally a place of worship before becoming the fort of Magnus Barefoot, 11th century Viking King of Mann. The castle stands on St Patrick's Isle which is connected to the town by a causeway.

The buildings within the castle are now mostly ruined, but the outer walls remain intact. Excavations in 1982-87 revealed an extensive graveyard as well as the remains of Magnus Barefoot's original wooden fort. The most spectacular finds were the 10th century grave of "The Pagan Lady" which included a fine example of a Viking necklace and a cache of silver coins dating from about 1030.

The Castle's most famous "resident" is the so-called Moddey Dhoo or "Black Dog" ghost.


The 1000th Anniversary of the Tynwald Tapestry
(Issued 10-04-2015)

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