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Ahenny High Crosses

The two Ahenny crosses are impressive, both about four metres tall and dating from the 8th century. They are somewhat unusual in that they're almost exclusively covered in an interlacing design. Only on the bases are there any panels depicting the more typical religious scenes.

They are said to represent the transition from the older abstract designs of high crosses to the pictorial scenes found on later crosses. Another odd feature are the removable cap stones known as mitres (bishop's hats).


 

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