Celtic crosses are found dotted all across Ireland and are a unique piece of Irish culture that remind us of our religious and creative Irish back ground that anybody Irish has. Celtic high crosses can be found in every county in Ireland and some are more famous than others.
The Celtic cross was introduced by saint Patrick to help convert pagan Ireland to Christianity in the 1600’s which lead to the wide spread construction of hundreds of Celtic crosses in monasteries around the tiny Island of Ireland which have been left behind by the monks as a great Irish gift.
Often a Celtic cross will have many depictions on it from the bible and also the daily lives of the monks and their devotion to their religion. You will also see engraved symbols and designs form the Celtic era making them unique as monks and stone cutters would have spent months if not years working on these astounding monuments which have stood tall for hundreds of years.
Some of the most famous Celtic crosses are found in monasteries in Ireland such as Glendalough in county Wicklow and the Clonmacnoise cross of the sculpture in county Offaly which are all breath taking pieces of stone work considering they were made hundreds of years ago. Of course the Celtic cross is so famous it has been found in multiple locations throughout Europe and has been used in numerous movements over the years.
Getting a celtic cross as a Irish gift is something to be cherished and is something unique to Irish heritage.