History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
It seems that the cross has been moved on at least two occasions in its long life; it stood first just south of Barochan Mill (grid reference NS406694), but in the 19th century it was moved to a sloping hillside near Corsliehill before eventually being brought under cover in the historic abbey church at Paisley.
The Barochan Cross is made of sandstone and stands 3.4 metres high (just over 11 feet). The surface of the cross is covered with interlaced decoration in typically ebullient Celtic style, interspersed with figures of animals and humans.
Accurate dating is difficult, but it may be as old as the 8th century. Despite the fact that the cross is inside the abbey and thus subject to the abbey's opening hours, it is actually in the care of Historic Scotland.
About Barochan Cross
Address: Abbey Close, Paisley, Strathclyde, Scotland, PA1 1JG
Attraction Type: Prehistoric Site - Early Christian Cross
Location: In Paisley Abbey, in the centre of Paisley off Abbey Close
Website: Barochan Cross
Photo Credit: Lairich Rig, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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