St Mura’s Cross is located in the ancient monastery of Fahan. These rare ‘slab’ type crosses are generally believed to be the precursor to the typical Celtic Irish High Crosses that people associate with Ireland. St Mura (550 – 645 a.d), a relative and disciple of St.Columba founded the monastery here for the ruling O’Neill dynasty’s ‘sun palace’ nearby at Grianan of Aileach. The cross-slab is carved on both sides with broad interlaced ribbon along with 2 figures, 2 birds and what appears to be an unusual Greek Cross. The symbol of the bird is a common feature in early Christian art and it’s symbolism is usually associated with the resurrection. The edge of the cross has a Greek inscription of ‘The Gloria’. This version was sanctioned at the Council of Toledo in Spain in 633 and the fact that the prayer is written in Greek is taken as evidence that a monk in residence was familiar with the Greek language and this monastery had close links to the wider world of Christianity around the Mediterranean.

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