Kells is the town where the famous Book of Kells, a highly ornate version of the four gospels in Latin, was written (it is exhibited in Dublin in the Old Library of Trinity College). The town, established by St Colmcille in the 6th century, was once one of the most important ecclesiastical centres in Ireland and the many High Crosses dating from as early as the 9th century still bear witness to the fact. Although Kells became an important Anglo-Norman walled settlement, it is its monastic heritage that best survived.