Ancient monument

(Brit) a historical building or the remains of one, usually dating from no later than the medieval period, that has been designated as worthy of preservation and is often in the care of a government department
Historical Examples

But we passed an ancient monument, a tall pillar, rising out of the bed of the Illinois river.
The Book of the Bush George Dunderdale

On the other side was an ancient monument, with a long Latin inscription upon it.
Rollo in Naples Jacob Abbott

It is he whom an ancient monument represents as the demiurgic principle creating the mundane egg.
The Ceramic Art Jennie J. Young

And so an ancient monument must be destroyed either out of wanton mischief, or to be broken up for the repair of a fence!
A Month in Yorkshire Walter White

The ancient monument carries you further back, and there are Celtic authorities that translate its name the “Stone of Victory.”
Robert Louis Stevenson Alexander H. Japp

It is thus, in every respect, the most ancient monument in France, and is well deserving of being visited by travellers.
Travels through the South of France and the Interior of Provinces of Provence and Languedoc in the Years 1807 and 1808 Lt-Col. Pinkney

Consequently it remains in many respects the most ancient monument of primitive rites and ceremonies in Christendom.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 3 Various

A little summer-house, upon an eminence, belonging to this wooded bank, resembles an ancient monument.
Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Volume 4 (of 10) John Gibson Lockhart.

I rode out the next day with the Armenian and some others, to see the ancient monument.
At the Court of the Amr John Alfred Gray

The removal of this ancient monument was the only injury which Constantius had offered to the superstition of the Romans.
The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Edward Gibbon


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