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Monasterboice is an interesting monastic site near Drogheda in County Meath. The impressive ruins include a large cemetery, two churches, one of the tallest round towers in Ireland and two of the tallest and best high crosses.

Founded in the 5th century by St. Buite , this is one of the most famous religious sites in Ireland. .The ruins of the medieval monastery are enclosed within a graveyard. The site includes the roofless round tower and its 10 th century high crosses.

Round Tower
Monasterboice's round tower is over 30m (110 feet) tall and was divided into four or more stories inside, connected with ladders. As with other round towers in Ireland, this was used as a belfry, watch-tower, and a refuge for monks and valuables during times of Viking attack. Records indicate that the interior went up in flames in 1097, destroying many valuable manuscripts and other treasures. The tower is currently closed to the

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