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.