miércoles, 9 de abril de 2008

High Cross (Ireland)

High crosses are tall, free standing stone crosses, normally reaching up to 4-5m. in height. The west cross at Monasterboice, Co. Louth, wich is over 7m., is the tallest in Ireland. Many are richly sculpted with figured panels depicting biblical scenes, while others are purely decorative, being delicatly engraved with geometrical ornament. High crosses, of wich there are about 100 surviving examples, were erected in the precincts of Early Christian monasteries. Why they were erected is not clear as, unlike their modern imitations, ancient high crosses do not mark graves. What is clear is that they were powerful Christian symbols, many of them depicting scenes from both the Old and New Testaments.

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