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The original 8 foot plus granite cross is found is found in the church of Ireland graveyard in the town of Castledermot, Ireland. The church dates back to the 12th century and beside the church stands a Round Tower. A monastery was founded here by St Dermot, which was plundered on numerous occasions by the Vikings. This was why the Irish round towers were built - to preserve the monks' treasures and themselves! Monks are though to have used scenes from many of the high crosses to teach about Christ and the Bible. The scenes from the bottom upward are thought to be:
1. Suggestions include the three children in the fiery furnace, the journey to Emmaus, or perhaps a scene from the Paul and Anthony cycle.
2. Susanna delivered from her tempters, or the temtation of St Anthony.
3. Daniel in the Lion's Den.
Centre: Eve handing the apple to Adam in the GArden of Eden.
Left of centre: David the Psalmist plaing his harp.
Right of center: Sacrifice of Isaac.
Top panel: Fall of Simon Magus or David delivered from Goliath.