Photographer's Note

Pictured here is the ruins of Clonmacnoise, a 6th century early Christian site on the banks of the Shannon river in Co Offaly, Ireland.
The site includes the ruins of a cathedral, seven churches (10th to 13th century) three high crosses, two round towers and the largest collection of early Christian graveslabs in Western Europe.

The site was founded in 545 by St Ciaran, but its largest period of growth was from the 8th to the 12th centuries. During this time, its strategic location on the banks of the river allowed it to propser and its original population of no more than 10 men grew to almost 2000 by the mid 12th century.

Some of the greatest and most beautiful artifacts of early Irish artifacts of irish stone and metal work are associated with the site, including the Cross of the Scriptures and the Clonmacnoise Crozier which is on display at the National Museum of Ireland.

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