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Kilbroney High Cross
 

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Down

Coordinates

N 54° 06' 40.6"   W 006° 11' 02.5"

Nearest town

Rostrevor

Grid Ref.

J 18814 19541

Map No.

29

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

61

Date of visit

Wednesday 20 May 2009

GPS Accuracy (m)

6
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The west face of the high cross.


This is the 200th monument featured on this website.
In the Kilbroney Old Graveyard, among the modern and the ancient graves (the oldest I found was dated from 1776), are the ruins of a church from the 15th century and a wonderful high cross decorated with geometric patterns rather than the more usual biblical scenes. It is thought that this cross might date from the 9th century. It's 2.35 metres tall, the two arms are 92 centimetres wide, while the shaft is 27 centimetres wide and 18 centimetres thick. It stands on a square base not higher than 80 centimetres. Only the west face has some decorations, the east face is plain.
The ruins of the church are 10 metres north from the cross and are protected by a fence that prohibits the access for safety reasons.
Fifteen metres west of the high cross is a smaller and crudely carved cross with strange figures on its east face, it's 1 metre tall and it leans to south. It may date back from the 7th century.
There's a holy well covered by a shrine too at the entrance of the graveyard.


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