Brendan the Navigator (Monument)

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Westoburne Place, Cobh, Ireland

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Brendan the Navigator (Monument) Mar 16, 2013
Medieval texts mention an Irish monk called Brendan who lived in the 6th century. According to this text called „Navigation Sancti Brendani“ Brendan explored some Islands to the Northwest of Ireland. The descriptions of the several islands can be interpreted as a discovery of Iceland, Greenland and America – around 450 years before the vikings and more than 900 years before Christopher Columbus. However, there are no proofs of his voyage and some of the stories in the „Navigatio Sancti Brendani“ are definitively from the world of phantasies. In 1976, a sailor proved that it was possible to travel to America in a Curragh, the type of ship supposedly used by St. Brendan. Historians speak about the „tradition of St. Brendan“ when it comes to this story as it is still disputed if the voyage ever took place – and if yes then in which way.

St. Brendan is considered to be the patron saint of seamen and divers. As a town associated with ocean steamliners, Cobh doesn't lack a statue commemorating St. Brendan. It is located in the small park in front of Commodore Hotel.
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