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Kilnaruane Stone

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Bantry, Cork, Republic of Ireland
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The ancient stone probably dates from early Christian Times and was a cross of some form. It represents one of the most interesting carvings of that period and stands over 2m high.

The Kilnaruane Stone is an early Christian pillar stone which may have formed the shaft of a 9th century High Cross. It represents one of the most interesting carvings of that period and stands over 2m high. On the two flat sides of the Stone are decorated panels of carvings which are extremely unusual.

On the south western face of the stone are panels with interlacing, a praying figure, a cross and Saints Paul and Anthony in the Desert.

On the north east face are panels with interlacing, four animals and facing upwards, a boat with four oarsmen (representing, perhaps, Christ stilling the Waves).

The site itself was the location of some sort of Christian settlement which was probably razed to the ground during the Danish invasions.