County Meath, Ireland

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County Meath, Ireland

Spire Restaurant in Duleek

Spire Restaurant in Duleek

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Celtic Cross and possibly a High Cross

Cross is at an old church that's converted to the Spire Restaurant in Duleek

Celtic Cross in old church yard (converted to the Spire Restaurant) in Duleek

This may be a High Cross.  I didn’t see a grave.  According to Bernd Biege,

“High Crosses were used to mark a sacred space and declare adherence to the Christian beliefs. Basically it’s a sign saying “Here be Christians!”, but also “This is hallowed ground, keep its peace!”

High crosses were also used as a focal point of celebrations – out of necessity one might say. The classic layout of the early monastic settlements included a church, a cross and (if funds permitted) a round tower – the latter’s door oriented towards the first’s entrance, with the cross in the middle. And the church was usually too small for even a modest congregation. Which meant that the huddled masses had to attend mass al fresco. Gathered around the cross.

But not all High Crosses were of an ecclesiastical nature – some seem to have been connected to territorial rights, marking a market place for instance. Others were erected to commemorate an important event or person.

The only use High Crosses were not put to was … as an actual grave marker.”

 

Loughcrew

Loughcrew

Loughcrew

Loughcrew

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Hill of Tara

The Lia Fáil (Stone of Destiny) atop the Hill of Tara, County Meath

The Lia Fáil (Stone of Destiny) atop the Hill of Tara, County Meath

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Mound of Hostages

Hill of Tara - Mound of Hostages

Hill of Tara – Mound of Hostages

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New Grange

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Pisa & Florence, Italy

Leaning-tower-of-Pisa

Leaning-tower-of-Pisa

Michaelagelo's David - Florence

Michaelagelo’s David – Florence

Basilica di santa maria del fiore in Florence

Basilica di santa maria del fiore in Florence

Basilica di santa maria del fiore in Florence

Basilica di santa maria del fiore in Florence

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Rome

Colleseum - Rome

Colleseum – Rome

Colleseum

Colleseum

Colleseum

Colleseum

Colleseum

Colleseum

Rome

Rome

Victor Emmanuel Monument -Rome

Victor Emmanuel Monument -Rome

Victor Emmanuel Monument -Rome

Victor Emmanuel Monument -Rome – AKA, The Wedding Cake

Rome

Rome

Museum - Castel-santangelo-aka-Hadrians Mausoleum

Museum – Castel Santangelo aka Hadrians Mausoleum

Capitoline Hill1

Capitoline Hill

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Black Forest, Germany

Black Forest

Black Forest

Black Forest

Black Forest

Black Forest

Black Forest

Black Forest

Black Forest

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Cologne, Germany

Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral

Shrine of the Magi - Cologne Cathedral

Shrine of the Magi – Cologne Cathedral

Shrine of the Magi - Cologne Cathedral

Shrine of the Magi – Cologne Cathedral

Cologne, Germany

Cologne, Germany

 

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English Architecture

Big Ben

Big Ben

Parliament

Parliament

London

London

Bed & Breakfast - Wiltshire

Bed & Breakfast – Wiltshire

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Bed & Breakfast – Wiltshire

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Alton Barnes White Horse

Camelot Castle Hotel at Tintagel

Camelot Castle Hotel at Tintagel

Longleat House, Warminster

Longleat House, Warminster

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Longleat House, Warminster

Breamore House - Hampshire

Breamore House – Hampshire

Breamore House - Hampshire2

Breamore House – Turf Labyrinth

White Cliffs of Dover

White Cliffs of Dover

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

Situated on the north bank of the Thames near Tower Bridge, 'Girl with a Dolphin' was created by artist David Wynne in 1973.

Situated on the north bank of the Thames near Tower Bridge, ‘Girl with a Dolphin’ was created by artist David Wynne in 1973.

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Marlborough, England

Devizes

Devizes, England

 

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Stonehenge

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

stonehenge

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

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Avebury, England

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Silbury Hill near Avebury

west kennet long barrow

West Kennet Long Barrow near Avebury

Avebury Stone Circle

Avebury Stone Circle

Avebury

Avebury

avebury circle dolphin

Avebury

avebury circle

Avebury

avebury circle center

Averbury Circle Center

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Egyptian Temples

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Temple of Horus at Edfu

Sokar Funerary Bark relief from Temple of Horus at Edfu

Sokar Funerary Bark relief from Temple of Horus at Edfu

Falcon-headed Horus - at Edfu

Falcon-headed Horus – at Edfu

Temple of Horus at Edfu

Temple of Horus at Edfu

Karnak Temple Complex

Karnak Temple Complex

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Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg Castle

Heidelberg Castle

Heidelberg Castle

Heidelberg Castle

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Heidelberg Castle

 

* Header on the page is Heidelberg Castle

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French Architecture

Sacred Coeur

Sacred Coeur

Theatre de l'Opera

Theatre de l’Opera

Theatre de l'Opera

Theatre de l’Opera

Obelisk-and-fountain-in-place-de-la-concorde - Paris

Obelisk and Fountain in Place de la Concorde – Paris

Arc-de-triomphe - Paris

Arc de Triomphe – Paris

Norte-dame-cathedral

Norte Dame Cathedral

Norte dame cathedral - Paris

Norte Dame Cathedral – Paris

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower - Paris

Eiffel Tower – Paris

Hotel de Ville, ParisHeader

Hotel de Ville, Paris

* Header of the page is Hotel de Ville, Paris

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Rhine River, Germany

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Rhine

Rhine

Rhine

Rhine

Rhine

Rhine

Rhine

Rhine Falls

Rhine Falls

Rhine Falls

Rhine Falls

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Netherlands

Netherlands

Netherlands

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Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne, Switzerland

Lion Monument, Lucerne, Switzerland

Lion Monument, Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne

Lucerne

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Venice

Santa Maria-della-salute-on-the-grand-canal

Santa Maria della salute on the grand canal

Venice

Venice

Venice

Venice

St Mark's Square - Venice

St Mark’s Square – Venice

St Mark's Church

St Mark’s Church

St Mark's Church - Venice

St Mark’s Church – Venice

Clock Tower in St Mark's Square

Clock Tower in St Mark’s Square

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The Vatican

St Peters Basilica - Vatican

St Peters Basilica – Vatican

St Peters Basilica - Vatican

St Peters Basilica – Vatican

Vatican

Vatican

Pieta - St Peter Basilica

Pieta – St Peter Basilica

St Peters Basilica - Vatican

St Peters Basilica – Vatican

 

 

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Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck

Innsbruck

Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck, Austria

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Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

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St James Palace, London

 

*The header of the page is not Buckingham Palace -it’s St James Palace, London.

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Rosemarkie Stone

2005.h72 Pictish Sculpture at Groam House Museum in Rosemarkie, Scotland – Theories about the meaning of the Pictish symbols have to take its unique evidence into account. Amidst the elaborate design (the slab is completely decorated) is a equal armed cross which takes the place of a typical Pictish hunting scene. It seems this particular Pictish monument was produced in a primarily ecclesiastical context and that the imagery of the hunt had no place in its function. The slender arms of the cross have stepped terminals and it’s set in a deep border. The background has finely meshed interlace catching the arms of the cross, but worked clear of the stud-like boss placed in each corner of the panel. There are two crescents still visible – a third one at the top is gone.  Beneath the top visible crescent is an infinity symbol which has a reverse Z-rod in the center.   The knobby flat discs within the infinity symbol contrasts with the all-over key-pattern of the bottom crescent.

These clever idiosyncrasies show that the Rosemarkie sculptor was a master of his art. 

 

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Edinburgh Castle

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King Robert de Bruce, Edinburgh Castle

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Edinburgh Castle

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Edinburgh Castle, Scottish National War Memorial

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Stone of Destiny

Stone of Destiny

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Edinburgh Castle

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