Photographer's Note

Ruins of Monasterboice abbey (Mainistir Bhuithe in irish) stand a few kilometers north of Drogheda city, county Louth. The abbey was founded in late 5th century by Saint-Buite who died 521. The abbey was an important centre of religion and learning until founding of nearby Mellifont Abbey in 1142. The site houses two churches built in 14th century and later and a round tower (35 meters height, the highest in Ireland) destroyed by fire in 1079. But it is most famous for its 10th century high crosses. One of them, Muiredach high cross (the one on the photo) is 5.5 meters tall, which makes it the biggest in Ireland. It features biblical carvings of both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.

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Additional Photos by Olivier THIERRY (chawax) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1362 W: 21 N: 3240] (20760)
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