Carved Celtic crosses exist in Cornwall, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. There are some extraordinary examples of high crosses at Clonmacnoise monastery in Ireland and at St Illtud's church in Wales. However, in Cornwall the smaller carved crosses, standing about 8' high can be found dotted across the county in churchyards, down country lanes and at crossroads. Many are very weathered but others retain the intricacy of amazing carving and are beautiful pieces of sculptures. They were thought to mark routes used by Celtic monks, meeting places and to share the story of the gospel of Jesus. 

Clonmacnoise Monastery, Ireland Looking towards the River Shannon at Clonmacnoise Monastery Clonmacnoise Monastery, watchtower overlooking the River Shannon Clonmacnoise Monastery, ruins High Cross, Clonmacnoise Monastery Clonmacnoise Monastery, High Cross Clonmacnoise Monastery High Cross standing outside

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