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 Bective Abbey

The abbey of Bective is situated on a meadow near to the Boyne-river between Navan and Trim. It was the second Cistercian abbey in Ireland and the colonnade is still very beautiful and nearly complete. The walls, towers and staircases, rooms and houses are still in a good condition

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Ardbraccan Abbey

The abbey of Ardbraccan one in the middle age was the seat of the bishop of County Meath. Maybe it was built on an ancient church of the beginning of Christianity. 

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Duleek Church

Nearly invisible behind high trees there is this little church with two Celtic crosses and beautiful reliefs on ancient headstones. The church was founded by Saint Patrick around 450 and was later one of the first stone churches.

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St. Patrick's Church

The cathedral of Saint Patrick is one of the many churches at Trim and in the grave yard there are many ancient headstones from the middle age.

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Newtown Monuments

At Newtown at Trim there are some interesting monuments. The cathedral of Saint Peter and Paul and the abbey of Newtown from the XVIII century. The walls of the abbey make a strange echo with the other side of the Boyne-river. The 'Crutched Friary' has an old fort and some buildings part of a hospital. The 'St. Peter's Bridge' is the second oldest bridge in Ireland.

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Mellifont Abbey

The abbey of Mellifont was the first and most impressive Cistercian abbey in Ireland. It was built around 1142 in order by the bishop of  Down who hoped that his monks would remember the origin of the monastic life in its simplicity. The abbey soon became so rich that it became the centre of all the Cistercian monks in Ireland and there were built another 21 new abbeys belonging to Mellifont.

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Monasterboice Abbey

Monasterboice is a small monastic complex north of Drogheda not far from Mellifont Abbey. The grave yard has three ancient Celtic crosses of which two are in a perfect state and are among the most beautiful in Ireland. The round-tower is one of the best preserved and highest ones in the country and is pretty 33 m high. San Buithe - later changed into Boyne and giver of the name to the famous river - has built the complex maybe already on an ancient pre-Christian  temple. Ireland in its most magic form!

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Glendalough

'The valley of the two lakes' - Gleann dą Loch - in the mountains of Wicklow south of Dublin is one of the most visited places in Ireland. The remains of an ancient abbey - once founded by Saint Kevin around 500 - are still in a very good condition. But the real attraction are the two lakes - the 'Lower' and the 'Upper Lake' - surrounded by a magic forest full of ferns, wild creeks, mysterious paths and a multitude of sounds of thousands of birds. A real mystic place!

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   Abbeys
      •Bective
      •Ardbraccan
      •Duleek Church
      •St. Patrick's
      •Newtown Monuments
      •Mellifont Abbey
      •Monasterboice Abbey
      •Glendalough
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   •Giants Causeway

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