This beautifully carved cross is located in the grounds of Monasterboice in county Louth. It is the tallest cross Ireland standing high at 21 feet and is dated to the 9th century. High Crosses are considered to be Ireland’s greatest contribution to the monumental art of medieval Europe. They probably served for a multitude of different functions from boundary markers, for Bible teachings, for recording events, or were monuments to political power and co-operation with the church. Scholars are also divided about the purpose of the circle around the crucifix. Theories are that it was merely structural while others guess that it was a pagan sun symbol or a cosmic symbol. The carvings on each side cross would have also been brightly painted and every cross had unique selections of Biblical scenes so that no two are the same.