St. Kevin’s Cross, Glendalough, Ireland

St. Kevin came to this valley between two lakes in the 6th century, intending to become a hermit.  He lived in a Bronze Age rock tomb.  After disciples joined him, the community outgrew the tomb, so they built a monastery.

Kevin apparently fed them with salmon brought to him by an otter.  Another time, a black bird built a nest and laid her eggs in his outstretched hand, so he stood still until the chicks hatched and flew away.

His cross is made of a single slab of granite. The cross stands 2.5 meters tall.  Its crosspiece is over a meter wide.  Local legend says if you hug the cross and can close your arms around it, your wish will come true.

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