Athcarne Cross facts for kids
Cros Áth Carn
|Alternative name||Gaulstown Cross
County Meath, Ireland
|Height||3.11 m (10.2 ft)|
Athcarne Cross is located near the sources of the Nanny, 3.6 km (2.2 mi) southwest of Duleek.
The cross was erected in c. 1675 by Dame Cecilia Bathe (née Dowdall) as a memorial to herself and her husband Sir Luke Bathe. The cross had been incorporated into the wall of a cottage but it was conserved as a National Monument in 1935 and is known as Athcarne cross, after nearby Athcarne Castle.
On the east face of the cross is depicted the Crucifixion of Jesus with the arms of Jesus being held high above the head along the shaft of the cross, similar to a crux simplex. His feet rest on a skull and crossbones.
The head of the cross has carved angels, similar to other wayside-crosses, and a small Maltese cross.
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