Saint Patrick’s Bell and Shrine

Associated with the founder of Christianity in Ireland, this medieval bell and its ornate shrine is one of the treasures of medieval Ireland.

Saint Patrick’s Bell and Shrine; bell: 8th–9th century C.E., iron; shrine: c. 1100 C.E., copper-alloy box, silver gilt, gold, silver, gilt-copper, rock crystal, colored stones, 26.7 x 15.5 cm (National Museum of Ireland, Dublin)

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Cite this page as: Dr. Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank and Dr. Steven Zucker, "Saint Patrick’s Bell and Shrine," in Smarthistory, December 21, 2022, accessed November 30, 2023,