Kells, or Ceanannas Mór, meaning Great Fort, was known to be a royal residence before St. Colmcille established a religious settlement in Kells in 550 is considered by many historians to be one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland. Today Kells is a pleasant and attractive town with all the commercial and leisure facilities one would expect to find in a town in modern Ireland. Uniquely, Kells, a living town over a thousand years old has its ancient and medieval remains everywhere in evidence. A walk through the town will lead visitors to realise that its physical treasures are the monastic layout of the town, the Monastic enclosure with the High Crosses, Round Tower, St. Colmcilles House and the famous Scriptural Market Cross which now dominates the entrance to the Heritage Centre.
Book Of Kells
The Book of Kells is the most decorated illuminated manuscript to survive from the early medieval period in Europe. Most scholars agree that it was created by Columban monks on the remote island of Iona off the west coast of Scotland in the monastery founded by St. Columba (or Colum Cille) in the 560's. It is not known exactly when the book was transferred to Kells. The reputation of the Book of Kells rests on the profusion of its decoration, and the complexity with which the decoration is integrated with the text.
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