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Monday, September 29, 2008

Tour Scotland Ruthwell Cross

Tour Scotland Ruthwell Cross. Preserved in an annexe to the parish church, this is one of the major monuments of Dark Age Europe. The cross, which has been slightly restored, dates probably from the end of the seventh century. The main faces have figure sculpture, mostly scriptural scenes, associated with Latin inscriptions, and on the sides are rich vine scrolls with birds and beasts. The quality of the sculpture is of the highest order. On the margins are inscribed, in runes, portions of the famous Old English poem The Dream of the Rood, which has been ascribed to Caedmon. Located in Ruthwell Church, half a mile north of the village and nine miles south-east of Dumfries, Dumfriesshire.

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