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St Oran’s Cross is thought to be the earliest of the Iona crosses. This upper half is all that survives of the massive free-standing high cross, which probably stood in St Oran’s Chapel at Iona Abbey.

The cross is richly carved with spirals, serpents and biblical scenes. It features the Virgin and Child with angels all around them – similar to a scene from the Book of Kells. Daniel in the Lion’s Den is shown on one side and King David plays the harp on the other.


Date Made
8th century
w 1990mm (w 6' 6 3/8")
Property Information
Iona Abbey
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