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Monasterboice Monastic Site

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Fun, accessible place with plenty to see for little ones and plenty to read and inform for older visitors. Beautifully maintained and partly restored site. Parking limited during... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Dundalk, Ireland
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Dundalk, Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fun, accessible place with plenty to see for little ones and plenty to read and inform for older visitors. Beautifully maintained and partly restored site. Parking limited during tourist season.

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Piratininga, SP
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a very cold day and it was a little colder there. But I really liked the sense of peace I felt... some people in the group said they didn't like the cemetery thing however it is a historical place and if you understand the language it is much better enjoyed!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

We visited on a dreary, rainy day. I think it was perfect, it seemed to accentuate the solemnity of the ruins. There is a high tower and three High Crosses, in addition to an active cemetery. Of interesting note, the “open” field off to the side is actually filled with possibly hundreds, if not thousands of unmarked graves. It was... More 

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Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Came here on a misty day and could feel the ancient history of this place and its importance. The high crosses are huge and impressive - the carvings on them tell a story. So glad we drove and found this ancient place.

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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 13 November 2016 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 

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Montrose, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2016

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.

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Calgary, Canada
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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.

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Dundalk, Co. Louth
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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 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 October 2016

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

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Seattle, Washington
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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 

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