Ardboe Cross marks the entrance to a 6th century monastery associated with St Colman.
The cross, located on the Battery Road, probably dates to the 10th century, is the finest of the Ulster figure-carved crosses, with an exceptionally full scheme of biblical carving across 22 panels.
The Old Testament is represented on the east and south sides of the cross and the New Testament on the west. The north side is less easy to interpret but the baptism, judgement of Solomon, the slaughter of innocents and the annunciation to the shepherds have
all been suggested.
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