I've put together a collection of different types of Celtic cross images, pictures and patterns which includes High crosses (standing crosses) and Memorial crosses. These pictures are mostly from Gaelic Ireland and Scotland. Where possible, I try to give location and other details.
The Celtic cross photos below are the real deal. These crosses date from about 750AD-1150AD. There are different types of high crosses, some quite plain with few patterns, others with elaborate Celtic designs and patterns and others still which have designs and patterns based around scenes from the Bible- what we refer to as scripture based crosses. For more information about these crosses have a look at our Celtic Cross Meaning page.
Most of the crosses in this first gallery are from the Gaelic Ireland and Scotland.
Glendalough, Co Wicklow- Plain High Cross -photo courtesy of Eoin O Mahony
Nevern Cross, St David's Cathedral Wales -photo courtesy of Phil W Shirley
St John's Cross, Iona, Scotland. May be first cross with a ring -photo courtesy of Kiltbear
Mixing of Christian and Druid themes Iona (?), Scotland -photo courtesy of David Flanders
Clonmacnoise, Co Offaly - Scriptural High Cross Original site but replica (original kept nearby) -photo courtesy of Enrique
Monasterboice Co Louth - Irish High Cross Biblical scenes with zodiac at base-photo courtesy of Bernd Bragelman
9th or 10th Century, St Martin's
Cross, Iona, Scotland-photo
courtesy of vegansoldier
Good shot of Celtic Cross pattern, Monasterboice, Co Louth-photo courtesy of wmshc_kiwi
Another beautiful one of St Martin's Cross, Iona -photo courtesy of Jemassmith
High Cross, Iona, Scotland Ray Lathwell
The Celtic Cross images and patterns below are memorial crosses, not considered to be authentic High Crosses. Most of the real High crosses were erected more than 800 years ago. However, in the middle of the 1800's, Celtic crosses became fashionable again and were used as tombstone crosses or headstone crosses or indeed for many other different types of memorials. The Celtic crosses that you may see in cemeteries or graveyards all over the world are of this type.
While many of the original high crosses are now in poor condition, many of the celtic cross patterns and designs on these memorial crosses are elaborate and beautiful and honor the Celtic tradition.
Celtic Crosses in Glasnevein Cemetery Dublin - photo courtesy of Informatique.
Celtic Cross at Glendalough, Co Wicklow-photo courtesy of Magic_bee.
Beautiful pattern on this Cross Memorial at Glasnevin Cemetery-photo courtesy of Infomatique.
Interesting Celtic cross pattern-Iona, Scotland against beautiful sky-photo courtesy of Simaron
Nice cross shot in Co Kerry-photo courtesy of Cubanjunky
Celtic cross pattern (Antrim)-photo courtesy of mrpattersonsir
Simple pattern with St Kevin's Round Tower, Glendalough -photo courtesy of fwiffo
Nice Celtic cross design, Iona, Scotland-photo courtesy of Sarniebill1
In order to understand something of the origin and tradtion of the Celtic Celtic cross, check out the Celtic Cross Meaning page
Learn about another great Gaelic symbol on our Irish Shamrock page.
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