St. Mark's Cross facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsSt. Mark's Cross
Irish: Ardchros Naomh Marcas
|St Baoithin's Cross|
|Location||Burgage More, Blessington,
County Wicklow, Ireland
|Height||4.2 metres (14 ft)|
|Built||12th century AD|
|Official name: St. Mark's Cross|
St. Mark's Cross is presently located at the south wall of Burgage cemetery, Blessington, 600 m (660 yd) west of the River Liffey.
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.
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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