This is one of Ireland’s best-known and earliest religious sites. Here stand the remains of two churches, a Round Tower, three High Crosses and a pre Gothic sundial. Founded in the 6th century by St. Buite, or St. Boyce, the monastery became a renowned seat of learning and art.
The 95ft Round Tower dates from the 10th century and was used by monks for refuge from the marauding Viking hoards which ransacked many of the wealthy Irish monasteries during the 10th and 11th centuries.
Amongst the finest remains on the site are surly the awe inspiring High Crosses, the most impressive of which is The Cross of Muiredach, standing a massive 17ft 8in, the cross clearly depicts scenes from the Bible, carved in the stone over one thousand years ago. Nearby is the West Cross, standing at over 12ft in height, it is the tallest High Cross in the country.
Top Attractions in Monasterboice, County Louth
Monasterboice – Here you can see the site of Ancient Monastery founded by Saint Buite, who died in 521. Famous for its high crosses and round tower. The splendid Muiredeach’s Cross is the most richly decorated of its kind in Ireland, and not to be missed.
Getting to Monasterboice and Around
901-M Nassau Street, stop 405 Bus route operated by Matthews Coach Hire
903 Br an Phoirt Thoir, stop 7623 Bus route operated by Matthews Coach Hire
903 Dundalk Hospital, stop 131211 Bus route operated by Matthews Coach Hire
903 New Wapping Street, stop 2501 Bus route operated by Matthews Coach Hire
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