St Patrick’s Purgatory is an ancient pilgrimage site on Station Island in Lough Derg, County Donegal, Ireland. According to legend, the site dates from the fifth century, and in modern times a monastery sits over the portal some have called a gateway to Hell. https://atlanteangardens.blogspot.com/2019/12/irish-myth-legend-and-st-patricks.html
While casual visitors are not generally allowed on the island, yearly pilgrimage to the site continues to this day where devout worshipers come in droves to take a three-day sojourn of contemplation, fasting, and barefoot prayer, touted as “the toughest in all of Europe, perhaps even in the whole Christian world.”
One of Saint Patrick’s most famous legends recounts how this great 5th century saint banished all of the snakes from Ireland. We know the pagans of Ireland as the Druids, and their symbol was … the snake.
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