Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Monasterboice, Co Louth

Monasterboice is a famous 14th century Christian settlement, it is more famous for its collection of Celtic high crosses. High Crosses originated in Ireland and were brought to Scotland , England and to mainland Europe by Irish Monks. This is regarded as the finest collection and contains Muiredachs which at 5.5metres is regarded as having the finest example of carvings of this religious art form. This round tower was built in the 10th Century and though there is argument on purpose of design it is generally thought that it served as a bell tower and a place of refuge from the Vikings. The doorway was usually well above ground, this one was too but layers of soil have built up over the years to lower this door. Round towers are predominantly Irish, tho' there are 3 in Scotland and one in the Isle of Man, another example of one I have posted is here, is in Galway. Muiredachs Cross, with the tower in the background

11 comments:

Leisha Camden said...

Oh, wow, fantastic!!! Beautiful place and amazing shots. The top one especially - postcard ... !!!

Paz said...

Actually I was least happy with that one, because I forgot my camera charger and these were taken with phone (a newer one with 5.0 MP)there is no filter setting to shoot against the sun.

Hilðe said...

Wow, I don't understand how they managed to build these kind of monuments...It's just - wow. The tower looks cool - I want one in my garden! Haha. :D

Paz said...

They were built in response to your ancestors coming over here plundering, pillaging, raping and looting on their summer holidays
:P

Hilðe said...

Yeah, yeah. I know - maybe I should come over and raise another monument as an apology for my ancestors bad behaviour? ;)

Paz said...

teasing madam I have 3 main commenter's on this blog and ye're all Norwegian (tho' one has gone quite at the moment)

Hilðe said...

Haha, nice! :-P

Leisha Camden said...

lol!! ur conversation amuses me!

We know you like Norwegians, Paz, you can't fool us ... !! ;-)

Paz said...

like is a strong word :P, I am of Norman decent my crowd stayed after the raping, pillaging and plundering. :). Ironically on Ancestors the historians have found evidence that the proves some of the myth and folklore as correct

Kimberly said...

OH WOW!! I am SUPER jealous!! I would totally love to have one of those around here! These are great!

Paz said...

unfortunatley in Ireland there is quite a few of them :P, this is the most impressive of them. Glad you liked them