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Kilgobbin High Cross
 

County

Dublin

Coordinates

N 53° 15' 23.28"   W 006° 13' 03.96"

Nearest town

Stepaside

Grid Ref.

O 18918 24385

Map No.

50

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

133

Date of visit

Sunday 5 June 2016

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The high cross seen from the east.


This wonderful, though ruined, cross stands about 30 metres north of the church with the same name. It was found in 1800 during the works for the erection of the wall for the new graveyard.
It's a granite cross with a pierced wheel, but the south half of the head is missing. It dates from the 12th century. The east (100°) face of the cross depicts the crucifixion of Christ, who wears a long robe nearly down to his ankles. The carving is almost totally worn out by the elements, as it is the crucifixion scene on the opposite side. No other carvings or figures can be seen.
The cross is 2.42 metres tall and stands on a heptagonal granite base, a former bullaun stone, that in turn has been set into concrete, which has a diameter of 1.48 metres and is 65 centimetres high, for a total height of the monument of 3.07 metres. The cross is 40 centimetres wide at its base, 73 centimetres wide at its head and 20 centimetres thick.
Unfortunately the dense housing development of the area has ruined the beauty of the place.


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