This National Monument is the wonderful Muiredach’s High Cross located in Monasterboice, co. Louth. 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 an inscription on it’s base reads ‘a prayer for Muiredach by whom this cross was made’ however little or nothing else is known of him. 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 9th or 10th century wooden Christian church. This cross is located beside one of the tallest round towers in Ireland and also the tallest high cross in Ireland (imaginatively called ‘the Tall Cross’!)(R)