Irish Christian Tomb Carvings Photos

Early Irish Christian tombs and grave slabs often exhibit distinctive styles.

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Carved stone found in 1901 at traditional site of St. Patrick's Well at St. Patrick's Cathedral. Dublin, Ireland.Early Christian carved Celtic gravestone excavated in 1901 near St. Patrick's Cathedral. Dublin, Ireland.Carved granite cross slab with Greek & Latin style crosses at St. Patrick's Cathedral. Dublin, Ireland.Grave slab reading "prayer for Odran who had knowledge" in Irish at Clonmacnoise museum. Ireland.
Carved stone found in 1901 at traditional site of St. Patrick's Well at St. Patrick's Cathedral. Dublin, Ireland.Early Christian carved Celtic gravestone (c800-1100) excavated in 1901 near St. Patrick's Cathedral. Dublin, Ireland.Carved granite cross slab (10th or 11thC) with Greek & Latin style crosses at St. Patrick's Cathedral. Dublin, Ireland.Grave slab reading "prayer for Odran who had knowledge" in Irish (994) at Clonmacnoise museum. Ireland.
Grave slab reading "prayer for Tuathal the craftsman" in Irish at Clonmacnoise museum. Ireland.Grave slab with square cross at Clonmacnoise museum. Ireland.Grave slab reading "prayer for servant of Michael" in Irish at Clonmacnoise museum. Ireland.Grave slab with cross with rectangles at Clonmacnoise museum. Ireland.
Grave slab reading "prayer for Tuathal the craftsman" in Irish at Clonmacnoise museum. Ireland.Grave slab with square cross at Clonmacnoise museum. Ireland.Grave slab reading "prayer for servant of Michael" in Irish at Clonmacnoise museum. Ireland.Grave slab with cross with rectangles at Clonmacnoise museum. Ireland.
Grave slab with four crosses in circles at Clonmacnoise museum. Ireland.Grave slab with flower-like pattern at Clonmacnoise museum. Ireland.Grave-slab with cross & name of Cetherna from County Galway at Ulster Museum. Belfast, Northern Ireland.Grave-slab or coffin lid with cross in Anglo-Norman style from County Down at Ulster Museum. Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Grave slab with four crosses in circles at Clonmacnoise museum. Ireland.Grave slab with flower-like pattern at Clonmacnoise museum. Ireland.Grave-slab with cross & name of Cetherna(ch) (8th-9thC) from County Galway at Ulster Museum. Belfast, Northern Ireland.Grave-slab or coffin lid with cross in Anglo-Norman style (13thC) from County Down at Ulster Museum. Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Medieval Christian tombstone at Glendalough Visitor Centre. Ireland.Medieval Christian tombstones at Glendalough Visitor Centre. Ireland.Medieval Christian tombstone at Glendalough Visitor Centre. Ireland.Medieval Christian tombstone at Glendalough Visitor Centre. Ireland.
Medieval Christian tombstone at Glendalough Visitor Centre. Ireland.Medieval Christian tombstones at Glendalough Visitor Centre. Ireland.Medieval Christian tombstone at Glendalough Visitor Centre. Ireland.Medieval Christian tombstone at Glendalough Visitor Centre. Ireland.
Medieval Christian tombstone at Glendalough Visitor Centre. Ireland.Medieval Christian tombstones at Glendalough Visitor Centre. Ireland.Carved bishop's tomb at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.Carved saints at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.
Medieval Christian tombstone at Glendalough Visitor Centre. Ireland.Medieval Christian tombstones at Glendalough Visitor Centre. Ireland.Carved bishop's tomb at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.Carved saints at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.
Carved saints between Celtic knots at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.Carved saints Peter, Andrew & James the Greater at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.Carved stone saints at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.Carved saints under Celtic designs at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.
Carved saints between Celtic knots at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.Carved saints Peter, Andrew & James the Greater at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.Carved stone saints at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.Carved saints under Celtic designs at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.
Details of Celtic carvings at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.Carved St Christopher at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.Chapel monument at Medieval Mile Museum. Kilkenny, Ireland.Post-Protestant Reformation burial monuments on wall over older Catholic tombs well-preserved below line to where floor was raised at Medieval Mile Museum. Kilkenny, Ireland.
Details of Celtic carvings at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.Carved St Christopher at Jerpoint Abbey. Ireland.Chapel monument (1637) at Medieval Mile Museum. Kilkenny, Ireland.Post-Protestant Reformation (later 1500s) burial monuments on wall over older Catholic tombs well-preserved below line to where floor was raised (mid 1700s) at Medieval Mile Museum. Kilkenny, Ireland.
Traditional Irish catholic tomb preserved after floor was raised to create Protestant chapel at Medieval Mile Museum. Kilkenny, Ireland.Traditional Irish tomb preserved after floor was raised to create Protestant chapel at Medieval Mile Museum. Kilkenny, Ireland.Christian grave stones at Medieval Mile Museum. Kilkenny, Ireland.Carved cross on grave slab at Medieval Mile Museum. Kilkenny, Ireland.
Traditional Irish catholic tomb (1575) preserved after floor was raised to create Protestant chapel at Medieval Mile Museum. Kilkenny, Ireland.Traditional Irish tomb (1634) preserved after floor was raised to create Protestant chapel at Medieval Mile Museum. Kilkenny, Ireland.Christian grave stones at Medieval Mile Museum. Kilkenny, Ireland.Carved cross on grave slab (1597) at Medieval Mile Museum. Kilkenny, Ireland.
Tombstones carved with figures in prayer at Medieval Mile Museum. Kilkenny, Ireland.Tomb slab engraved with figure of praying priest at Medieval Mile Museum. Kilkenny, Ireland.Tomb slab engraved with blackletter inscription left incomplete because of error during carving at Medieval Mile Museum. Kilkenny, Ireland.Bishop carved on side panel of tomb at Medieval Mile Museum. Kilkenny, Ireland.
Tombstones carved with figures in prayer at Medieval Mile Museum. Kilkenny, Ireland.Tomb slab (1200s) engraved with figure of praying priest at Medieval Mile Museum. Kilkenny, Ireland.Tomb slab (1400s) engraved with blackletter inscription left incomplete because of error during carving at Medieval Mile Museum. Kilkenny, Ireland.Bishop carved on side panel of tomb (1500s) at Medieval Mile Museum. Kilkenny, Ireland.
Tomb carved with saints in cathedral at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Detail of tomb carved with saints in cathedral at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Detail of carved tomb with saints Andrew & Peter in cathedral at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Carved stone tomb with saints in cathedral at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.
Tomb carved with saints (16thC) in cathedral at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Detail of tomb carved with saints (16thC) in cathedral at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Detail of carved tomb (16thC) with saints Andrew & Peter in cathedral at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Carved stone tomb (16thC) with saints in cathedral at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.
Detail of tomb carved with saints in cathedral at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Detail of tomb carved with saints in cathedral at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Stone tomb carved with Celtic designs & animals in cathedral at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Detail of stone tomb carved with Celtic designs & animals in cathedral at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.
Detail of tomb (16thC) carved with saints in cathedral at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Detail of tomb (16thC) carved with saints in cathedral at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Stone tomb (16thC) carved with Celtic designs & animals in cathedral at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Detail of stone tomb (16thC) carved with Celtic designs & animals in cathedral at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.
Detail of mythical animals on stone tomb in cathedral at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Stone tomb carved with bishop & crests in cathedral at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Carved crucifix in cathedral at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Carved coat of arms in cathedral at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.
Detail of mythical animals on stone tomb (16thC) in cathedral at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Stone tomb (16thC) carved with bishop & crests in cathedral at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Carved crucifix in cathedral at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Carved coat of arms in cathedral at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.
Carved coat of arms in cathedral at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Carved coat of arms in cathedral at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Tomb slab in cathedral at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Tomb slab with cross in cathedral at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.
Carved coat of arms in cathedral at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Carved coat of arms in cathedral at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Tomb slab in cathedral at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Tomb slab with cross in cathedral at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.
Tomb slab with cross in cathedral at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Spire monument with liturgical & Celtic knot carvings at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Spire monument with liturgical & Celtic knot carvings at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Sarcophagus carved with Celtic knots in Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.
Tomb slab with cross in cathedral at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Spire monument with liturgical & Celtic knot carvings at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Spire monument with liturgical & Celtic knot carvings at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Sarcophagus carved with Celtic knots in Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.
Sarcophagus carving detail with Irish design in Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Tomb plaque carved with winged bull & lion symbols of Evangelists St Luke & St Mark at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Detail of medieval tomb plaque carved with winged bull symbol of Evangelist St Luke at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Detail of medieval tomb plaque carved with winged lion symbol of Evangelist St Mark at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.
Sarcophagus carving detail with Irish design in Cormac's Chapel at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Tomb plaque carved with winged bull & lion symbols of Evangelists St Luke & St Mark at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Detail of medieval tomb plaque carved with winged bull symbol of Evangelist St Luke at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Detail of medieval tomb plaque carved with winged lion symbol of Evangelist St Mark at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.
Tomb plaque carved with winged angel & eagle symbols of Evangelists St Matthew & St John at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Detail of medieval tomb plaque carved with winged angel symbol of Evangelist St Matthew at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Detail of medieval tomb plaque carved with winged eagle symbol of Evangelist St John at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Arcaded tomb slab carved with knights from Athassel Abbey at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.
Tomb plaque carved with winged angel & eagle symbols of Evangelists St Matthew & St John at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Detail of medieval tomb plaque carved with winged angel symbol of Evangelist St Matthew at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Detail of medieval tomb plaque carved with winged eagle symbol of Evangelist St John at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Arcaded tomb slab carved with knights from Athassel Abbey (c1271) at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.
Medieval coats of arms at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Medieval slab carved with elephant & castle at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Medieval slab carved with griffins at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Medieval slab carved with figure at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.
Medieval coats of arms at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Medieval slab carved with elephant & castle at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Medieval slab carved with griffins at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.Medieval slab carved with figure at Rock of Cashel. Cashel, Ireland.
Medieval memorial stone at Museum of Treasures. Waterford, Ireland.Medieval memorial stone at Museum of Treasures. Waterford, Ireland.

Medieval memorial stone at Museum of Treasures. Waterford, Ireland.Medieval memorial stone at Museum of Treasures. Waterford, Ireland.


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