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Iona, St Mary's Abbey, St John's Cross. Plan of sections showing construction of cross.

SC 383000

Description Iona, St Mary's Abbey, St John's Cross. Plan of sections showing construction of cross.

Catalogue Number SC 383000

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of AGD 527/67

Scope and Content Cross-slab known as St John's Cross, from Iona, 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 AD 563. This was replaced by the Benedictine Abbey and Augustinian Nunnery in around AD 1200. This drawing shows how the eight pieces of stone fitted together to form the cross. The two largest sections are the head and the shaft. The upper half of the top arm was a separate piece, as was the lower arm, before it joined the shaft. This ringed cross stood 4.8 m west of 'St Columba's Shrine', but has now been placed inside. It comprised eight separate sections fitted together with mortice-and tenon joins. A replica stands on the original spot. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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