Moone High Cross

Counties Wicklow & Kildare

Housed within the ruins of a 13th-century abbey, the unusually tall and slender Moone High Cross – Ireland's second-highest, at 5.3m – is a masterpiece dating from the 8th or 9th century. It displays carved biblical scenes with the confidence and exuberance of a comic strip, among them Daniel in the lions' den and the flight into Egypt. The cross is situated on a minor road 1km west of Moone village, accessed via an inconspicuous wooden door in a stone wall.

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Nearby Counties Wicklow & Kildare attractions

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