Skellig Michael

This dramatic island off the coast of Ireland was once a place for monks to remove themselves from the world.

Skellig Michael monastery (Ireland), 6th–13th centuries (most of the stone construction dates to 8th–11th centuries)

Note: Skellig Michael has become famous more recently because of its appearance in Star Wars movies.

Additional resources

Skellig Michael on UNESCO’s World Heritage list

Cite this page as: Dr. Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank and Dr. Steven Zucker, "Skellig Michael," in Smarthistory, July 20, 2022, accessed April 20, 2024,