Muiredach’s High Cross, Monasterboice, County Louth

This is the wonderful Muiredach’s High Cross. It is regarded as the most beautiful Celtic cross in the World and Ireland’s greatest contribution to European sculpture. It stands 18-feet tall and is so named because of an inscription on its base that reads ‘a prayer for Muiredach by whom this cross was made’. Little else is known of him however but he was probably a local chieftain. The cross is richly carved with scenes from the New Testament and the figures on the shaft are noticeably larger than those on the top. If you look carefully at the top of the cross you will also see the design of an early Christian church from the 9th or 10th century. Within the grounds of this interesting early Christian monastic settlement stands one of the tallest round towers and the tallest high cross in Ireland.