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Kells High Cross
28-FEB-2010

Kells High Cross

On our way home from handing Felix back to his owners (see yesterday's post), we stopped
off at Kells to see the High Crosses and Round Tower.
A monastery was founded there in 807AD by monks fleeing the Viking invasion of Iona.
It was here that the famous Book of Kells was created. At one stage there were five
High Crosses in the monastery grounds - this one, the Cross of Patrick and Columba,
is the oldest remaining and stands beside the Round Tower.

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Gretchen Caldwell06-Mar-2010 01:01
We have a strong Irish population here in Boston, and there's an old cemetery in our town with gorgeous headstones. I'll have to go see if any are of this style. Beautiful shot!
LynnH02-Mar-2010 17:03
This is fascinating!
Keith O'Brien01-Mar-2010 19:51
Very interesting, is there an explanation of the images depicted on it?
Neal Nye01-Mar-2010 12:18
Wonderful shot. Amazing to see green grass and no snow!
laine01-Mar-2010 08:58
I am constantly in awe of such ancient monuments...this one is marvelous.
Yvonne01-Mar-2010 05:15
Wonderful to see and learn of this magnificent cross! v
Nora van Beek01-Mar-2010 02:26
Impressive shot of this amazing historic relic. ~V~
Doug Cruden28-Feb-2010 22:15
Yes, lovely composition with the two crosses. I remember seeing the round tower and the Book of Kells on a family holiday in 1966...gosh! that's many years ago now, but the memory stays with me!!
Walter O. Koenig28-Feb-2010 22:01
Fascinating image and information. A treat to see this.
Blandine Mangin28-Feb-2010 21:25
very beautiful ! v
Máire Uí Mhaicín28-Feb-2010 20:57
A cross that is not seen quite so often as the Monasterboice one, but a very interesting one, with lots of detail still evident.
Alan K28-Feb-2010 20:52
Nice arrangement. And as is often the case, some interesting background to go along with it.
slhoornstra28-Feb-2010 20:33
Nice shot, and a treat to see this place. V
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