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Glencolmcille - Turas 12 Cross Pillar
 

County

Donegal

Coordinates

N 54° 42' 40.08"   W 008° 42' 41.82"

Nearest town

Gleann Cholm Cille

Grid Ref.

G 54142 85016

Map No.

10

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

29

Date of visit

Monday 12 June 2017

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The dry stone wall with the stile that conceals the stone pillar.


Gleann Cholm Cille is famous for its "Turas", the journey, the path that people follow from one station to the other one during their pilgrimage done between June 9th and August 15th. The round of the stations is about 3 km long. The stations are both in the village and outside the village.

This cross pillar is the 12th station of the Turas. It isn't immediately visible from the road, being it behind a dry stone wall with a small stile that might look an access to a private field like many others.
The cross pillar is at the centre of a low mound inside a circular enclosure of low stones. The pillar is 1.57 metres high, 45 centimetres wide and 11 centimetres thick.
The slab is decorated on both faces. The one to the west-northwest (290°) has a square motif divided into four smaller squares in the upper section with two parallel carved lines through another geometric motif towards the base of the slab.
The opposite face, to the east-southeast (110°), has geometric patterns very similar to those on the cross pillar at Turas 2.


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