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St. Mark's Cross
Native name
Irish: Ardchros Naomh Marcas
St Baoithin's Cross
St. Marks Cross.jpg
Type High cross
Location Burgage More, Blessington,
County Wicklow, Ireland
Area Liffey Valley
Height 4.2 metres (14 ft)
Built 12th century AD
National Monument of Ireland
Official name: St. Mark's Cross
Reference no. 280
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Carving at the base of the cross, reading "1400"

St. Mark's Cross is a high cross and National Monument located in Blessington, County Wicklow, Ireland.

Location

St. Mark's Cross is presently located at the south wall of Burgage cemetery, Blessington, 600 m (660 yd) west of the River Liffey.

History

St. Mark's Cross was erected in the 12th century next to a church and holy well in Burgage More. In the 19th century, it was also known as Saint Baoithin's Cross. The original site was submerged during the creation of Poulaphouca Reservoir, and the cross was moved to Burgage cemetery.

Description

The cross is made of blue-grey granite and stands 4.3 metres (14 ft) high. The cross has an unpierced ring, unlike most Celtic crosses, and unusually long arms. There is a decorative boss in the centre of both faces. On the base of the cross is a weathered inscription.

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