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Monasterboice Monastic Site

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Beautiful Serene Place

Absolutely loved my visit here. So peaceful and serene. The famous high crosses are well worth a visit, mainly Muirdeachs Cross. Beautifully carved, imposing and soaked in... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely loved my visit here. So peaceful and serene. The famous high crosses are well worth a visit, mainly Muirdeachs Cross. Beautifully carved, imposing and soaked in history. The West Cross is stunning too with a 110ft high round tower beside it. The North Cross is to the right of the entrance gate behind the railings. Theres a few information... More 

Thank Bozeman-Dublin
Montrose, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are three amazing very tall sandstone crosses in the graveyard of this old monastery. The detail on these 10th centuary crosses is still incredibly clear. The tallest cross is about 6 meters high and is one of the tallest in Ireland. The site goes back to the 5th centuary and is well worth a visit.

Thank Brian M
Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

What a wonderful heritage site. Fantastic displays, so informative, highly recommend a visit here. You will be amazed at the history of the area.

Thank Carol N
Dundalk, Co. Louth
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Nice place to visit on a good day. Good opportunities for photos if you are interested in historic sights. Good views of high and celtic crosses and high tower with good info boards. Lock your car though....not far to walk, good parking facilities. I would recommend visiting Old Mellifont Abbey during this visit, not far apart, also NEW Meilifont Abbey... More 

Thank 007Dundalk_Co_Louth
Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

A wonderful monastic site with impressive ancient high crosses and 11th century round tower. So many treasures in one site.

Thank PatOcarson
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

The Celtic crosses from medieval times are the tallest still standing in Ireland. A fascinating glimpse into the efforts of medieval monks to explain Christianity with the challenges of an illiterate populace. That the carving are still visible and recognizable over 1000 years later is amazing. No cost, this is a cemetery that is still in use. A worthy side-trip... More 

Thank Wajere
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

A little off the beaten path but well worth it. Here you will find celtic crosses that are over 1,000 years old and a preserved round tower. Very impressive the size and age are stunning.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

If you are travelling between Dublin and Belfast on the M1, it is well worth making time for a detour just North of the Drogheda turn to visit this impressive Monastic Site. The early Crosses and Tower are excellent and are situated in what is now a, still used, burial site. Well maintained ,and including some fascinating and moving modern... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

This Medieval cemetery is still in use and boasts the oldest known Irish Christian crosses in Ireland. The oldest cross was erected around 943 AD and was used by the monks to instruct the people on the Christian faith. In addition to the crosses there is a Watch Tower that is an engineering marvel, considering it's over 100 ft high... More 

Thank Joe Q
Cary, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

We stopped here on our first day in Ireland as part of a 10 day tour. Very well maintained site that dates back to the early centuries AD. Nothing survives from the original buildings but there are beautiful Celtic crosses and a round tower built to help ward off the Vikings.

Thank Levon M

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