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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
'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!