“To lie in the soft brown earth,
with the grasses waving above one's head,
and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow.
To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.”
- Oscar Wilde
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
The Reefert Church and cemetery, Glendalough, County Wicklow, Ireland c. 11th century
In Glendalough, away from the main ruins, sits the Reefert Church and cemetery. Its name derives from the Irish Righ Fearta, meaning “burial place of the kings”; however, the faces of the stones bear little detail, the names were long ago washed away by the rain. The building is a simple nave-and-chancel church which dates from the 11th century. Surrounding the church is a small cemetery filled with ancient stones.
When you first enter the area in which the church stands, you are standing below it and must climb about eight stone steps to get to it. It is so quiet and isolated I felt like an interloper, and tread softly and respectfully through the grounds.