Reconstruction of st. Quavan's cross in wood, hanging above the altar in the local church.
Reconstruction in bronze on a grave at the graveyard. Notice the -almost- floating elements
Cill na Seacht nInion, this is known locally as An Chill. While it is recorded as the oldest monastic site on the island and is associated with Naomh Moninne, the first saint to inhabit the island, it is not generally visited by locals as a place of pilgrimage at present. The "sleeping quarters" in the perimeter wall are reminiscent of the catacombs in Rome. While 'Cill na Seacht nIníon' is translated as 'Church of the Seven Daughters' Seacht in Irish also means several or many. Another writer (Sean Spellissy) names the site Creggankeel fort. It derives its name from Dun an Chreagain Chaoil, the fort of the narrow stony place. It is believed to have been an old ecclesiastical site and known as An Cill Bheannaithe, the blessed graveyard, rather than church, or Cill na Seacht nInion, the church or graveyard of the seven daughters.
Reconstruction in bronze of the cross found in a graveslab on Inis Oirr. Edition 5. number 1: private collection. You want to order: see the webshop
Carel Lanters is regularly in Ireland, more specific: on the smallest of the Aran Islands, at the Westcoast of Ireland
Here he finds remnants of the early Christian culture, like graveslabs with cross-inscriptions.
These are reconstructed into wooden and bronze sculptures.
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