With no records and time-worn images, experts are left to speculate on the ancient artwork.
One of the most treasured Catholic monuments in Ireland is also one shrouded by mystery, as what history we know of St. Patrick’s High Cross, in Carndonagh, is based in legend. The story goes that this beautiful carved stone cross was erected before a monastery started by St. Patrick himself, but there are no records of such a monastery and all that remains today is an ancient free-standing cross, flanked by two carved pillars.
According to Megalithic Ireland, the High Cross is dated to the 7th century. This is not based on scientific testing, however, but rather on similarities between the braid patterns on the High Cross and those found illuminating 7th-century Irish texts. The early Christian artwork is believed to mark a transition from multi-piece carved stone crosses to those cut into form from a single slab.