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Iona, Iona Abbey. View of Early Christian slabs in pavement outside St Columba's Cell.

SC 364500

Description Iona, Iona Abbey. View of Early Christian slabs in pavement outside St Columba's Cell.

Date 1965

Catalogue Number SC 364500

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of AG 589

Scope and Content View of Early Christian grave-slabs inserted into pavement outside St Columba's Shrine, Iona Abbey, Argyll and Bute Iona is one of the most important religious sites in Scotland. The earliest community was formed by St Columba, who came over from Ireland around 563AD. The Irish church continued until the monastery became part of the Benedictine order around 1200. The Benedictine abbey of Iona stands 250m from the west shore of the Sound of Iona, and overlies part of St Columba's monastery. Remodelled several times, it was restored in the 20th century and is now a popular place of pilgrimage. The stone directly in front of the door bears a ringed cross with rounded sunken armpits and is broken into two pieces. Four Early Christian carved stones were used to form a pavement in front of St Columba's Shrine. Three are now in the Nunnery Museum. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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