Dun Briste, A Neatly Cut Sea Stack in Ireland

(Photo: Bob Embleton)

Sea stacks are large rocks in bodies of water that have resisted the forces of erosion which have destroyed the land which connects them to the shore. This one is Dun Briste, which is located off Downpatrick Head on the western coast of Ireland. It’s about 50 meters high and, as you can see in the photo below, only 80 meters from the mainland.

According to an Irish legend, Dun Briste was once connected to the mainland and was the home of a brutal tyrant named Crom Dubh. Saint Patrick tried to convert him from his wicked ways, but he would not repent. So Patrick struck the ground with his crozier. The cliff collapsed and left the land around the house cut off by the sea. Crom Bubh starved to death and his body was eaten by crows. The island then became known as Dun Briste, which means “Broken Fort.”

(Photo: Bob Embleton)

-via Amusing Planet

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