A comprehensive guide to the Celtic Cross Symbol, a traditional Celtic Symbol. All you need to know about the Celtic Cross which is commonly associated with the wonderful Emerald Isle.
Discover a selection of Information and facts on the Celtic Cross Symbol and read about its meaning and origin.
Learn about the history and origin of Celtic Cross Symbol, a truly iconic symbol of Ireland.
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Irish: 'cros Cheilteach'
English: 'Celtic Cross'
The Celtic Cross Symbol - 'Cros Cheilteach'
The Cross is ultimately the most well known Christian symbol ever! Crosses are the Christian symbol or seal that people all over the world recognise no matter what their religion is and remind Christians everywhere that Jesus died on a cross. Celtic Crosses are beautifully decorated crosses and are found all over Ireland, they are commonly found in church grounds, holy ground and in graveyards all over the country. Celtic crosses feature many different patterns, such as spirals, interlaced ribbons and knots. Unlike Celtic manuscripts they are unlikely to feature mythical animals or plants and instead may have some Christian symbols such as the chi-rho which was originally a pagan symbol adopted by Christians.
Celtic Crosses were carved in stone, a material that is able to stand the test of time. Unlike many other forms of Celtic art such as manuscripts that were lost particularly during the Viking wars of the 9th and 10th centuries some of the stone crosses remain and Muiredach's High Cross (also known as the South Cross) which can be found in the ruined monastic site of 'Mainistir Bhuithe', Buithe's monastery, Monasterboice, County Louth, Ireland is undoubtedly the largest and best preserved ancient cross in Ireland. The Muiredach High Cross is thought to date from the 9th or 10th century.