Ardboe High Cross is a high cross and national monument dating from the tenth century located in Ardboe, Northern Ireland.

The cross stands at the entrance to a cemetery and a monastery and a church from the seventeenth century which was founded in 590 by Saint Colman. The monastery was destroyed by fire in the twelfth century. It is believed to have been erected in either the ninth or the tenth century. At around 5.6 m, Ardboe High Cross is Northern Ireland's tallest cross. Although the head of the cross is damaged, it seems to be the only such cross in Northern Ireland to remain largely complete and original.

The east face of the cross depicts the Old Testament scenes in particular which deals with Adam and Eve, the Sacrifice of Isaac, Daniel in the lions' den and the Three Hebrews in the Fiery Furnace. Two scenes are from the Genesis. The east face of the head of the cross depicts scenes: Christ’s Second Coming and the Last Judgement.

The south side represents Cain murdering Abel, David (or Samson) and the lion, the fight of David and Goliath and the Desert Saints Paul and Anthony, fed by the raven.

The north side portrays the early life of Christ, including in his baptism at the bottom. The west face describes the Adoration of the Magi, the Miracle at Cana, the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes and Christ's entry into Jerusalem. The west face of the head of the cross is carved with scenes from the Passion of Christ and the Crucifixion.



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Founded: 10th century AD
Category: Religious sites in United Kingdom

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Geraldine Quinn (9 months ago)
Great food friendly staff
John Robinson (11 months ago)
Nice calm place beside the loughshore
Eileen Madden-Quinn (2 years ago)
Beautiful peaceful place and beautiful views
Kevin-Anthony O'Neill (2 years ago)
My grand parents or layed to rest here and my uncle. Very well kept graveyard. Love the tradition in the area
Mark Devlin (2 years ago)
Lovely spot. I have a few family members buried here, steeped in historical significance
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