Monasterboice Abbey

While looking for something to do after visiting Newgrange, we stumbled upon Monasterboice Abbey. The abbey is a small ruined monastery in County Louth. It is most famous for huge stone crosses, 2 of which are the tallest in Ireland, but the grounds also include a large cemetery, a couple of churches, and also a large round tower which is over 100 feet tall.

The grounds themselves are relatively small and you can explore the entire place in close to 15 to 20 minutes. The most picturesque of the 3 crosses is the slim western one closest to the round tower. This cross is just over 21 feet high which makes it the tallest in all of Ireland. While the tallest cross makes for great pictures with the round tower in the background, the Muirdach's Cross

has some wonderful intricate carvings, and dates from around 900 AD. The incredible carvings on this cross are thought to be the finest examples of biblical carvings in all of Ireland and were. Seeing these crosses and the tower alone are well worth the little side journey, but if your super crafty, bring some tracing paper and a bit of charcoal to make yourself a nice souvenir rubbing from one of the most impressive Celtic crosses in Europe.


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