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  • 1 Maclean's Cross Interesting

    Religious buildings

    This 15C cross was engraved by local sculptors. The western face carries a crucifixion, while the other side has complex chiselling in the pure Celtic tradition.

  • 2 St Oran's Chapel Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Oran Cottage

    This 12C chapel (restored in the 20C) is the oldest building on the island. The rectangular structure still has a fine western romanesque gate with three bill-shaped arches and a chevron decoration.

  • 3 Infirmary Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Street of the Dead

    This museum has a remarkable collection of early Christina stones including the Celtic Cross of St John (8C). These early Christian works of art date back to between 563 and the second half of the 12C. The medieval section includes specimens from the..

  • 4 St Ronan's Church

    Religious buildings

    Behind the main block of the convent, the church is a simple rectangular building with narrow windows that end in a triangle.

  • 5 Nunnery

    Religious buildings

    The foundation of the convent is contemporary to that of the monastery. The ruins give an idea of what could have been a small Middle Ages convent. The grassy courtyard of the cloister is lined with the 13C church and the convent buildings, including..

  • 6 Reilig Odhrian

    Religious buildings

    Street of the Dead

    This early Christian cemetery is said to contain the remains of the kings of Scotland, from Kenneth MacAlpine to Malcolm III, noblemen of the islands and other clan leaders. The most interesting medieval effigies and funerary headstones can now be fo..

  • 7 Iona Abbey

    Religious buildings

    Street of the Dead

    The current church dates back to the 13C and was modified towards the end of the century, then enlarged in the 15C by adding a tower at the transept point and a southern lower side at the height of the choir. Remains of the 13C Benedictine church are..

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