The monastic settlement at Kells, Co Meath
The town of Kells is well worth a visit, should you be passing near. Though there is some debate as to whether the Book of Kells, Ireland's most famous relic of the past, was written and illuminated here, the remaining crosses and round tower will transport you back to the times of St Columba, that gifted artist and visionary of the early Irish Christians.
Until recently there were four crosses at Kells - three within the Church of Ireland graveyard, near the round tower, and the Market Cross, which stood by a busy intersection in the town. However, as the Market Cross was struck by the passing traffic a few times, it has been removed by Dúchas.
The other three crosses remain in the churchyard, though only the Cross of Patrick and Columba (right, above) is complete. Another large cross is broken, and only the shaft remains (possibly due to Viking visits?). The third huge cross is very interesting, as it is undecorated and unfinished, but quite massive (Vikings again?).