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Ruthwell Cross

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Location type: Church
Location address: United Kingdom, Dumfries and Galloway
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The Ruthwell Cross is a stone Anglo-Saxon cross probably dating from the 8th century, when Ruthwell was part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria; it is now in Scotland. It is both the most famous and elaborate Anglo-Saxon monumental sculpture, and possibly the oldest surviving “text” of English poetry, predating any manuscripts containing Old English poetry. It has been described by Nikolaus Pevsner thus; “The crosses of Bewcastle and Ruthwell ... are the greatest achievement of their date in the whole of Europe.”

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