COI Gazette – 14th September 2018

St Patrick’s cross stands again on the hill of Down

An imposing St Patrick’s cross stands once more on the hill of Down, in the grounds of Down Cathedral and against the backdrop of the Mourne mountains. It is an authentic replica of one of the oldest high crosses in Ireland, three fragments of which are on display in the entrance porch of Down cathedral.

The original dates from the late 8th century and was most likely erected alongside one of the first monasteries on the hill of Down. Drawings from the early 19th century also place part of…

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