NR4550 : Kildalton High Cross

near to Kintour, Argyll And Bute, Great Britain

Kildalton High Cross
Kildalton High Cross
Kildalton Cross is one of the finest early Christian crosses in Scotland, the High Cross of Kildalton, is closely related to three major crosses in Iona, St Johnís, St Martinís and St Oranís and dates from the second half of the 8th century. The cross stands 2.65 metres in height, with arms 1.32 metres across. It is fortunate the local grey-green epidiorite stone, a single slab of which was used for the Cross, is not only very hard rock, but also seems to be resistant to lichens for, although somewhat weathered, the main features can still be identified. On the east face (towards the sea), at the top are two angels with, below them, David fighting a lion. Further down, two birds feed on a bunch of grapes then on the shaft, a carving of Virgin with Child and angels. The right arm panel depicts Abraham about to sacrifice Isaac, while the left shows Cain murdering Abel. The central boss on the west side is surrounded by seven smaller bosses intertwined with serpents. In the construction of the cross arms are four lions (all with damaged heads) intertwined with more serpents, similar to those on the shaft of St Martinís cross, Iona.
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2007
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Sunday, 15 July, 2007   (more nearby)
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Monday, 30 July, 2007
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OSGB36: geotagged! NR 456 507 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:41.0076N 6:2.8642W
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