The form of a monastery before 1000 was similar across Ireland, with a focus on a wooden church placed within a circular palisade enclosure or ‘rath’. By their nature such buildings are not durable but representations can be found in the form of reliquaries and very often at the top of later high crosses, such as here at Monasterboice. This cross is known as Muiredach's cross and is thought to date from the 10th century.
Marks of Time
Sketches of buildings in the North West of Ireland and further afield with a little information about their history.