Symbol 20: Cross

The cross is undoubtably the most popular of Christian symbols. Over the centuries, hundreds of variations have been used in heraldry, architecture, embroidery, jewelry, and stained glass windows. The cross featured above is a slender variation of the Cross Pattée (from the French for "footed cross") with piercings protruding inward (sarcelled). It is also called the Cross Formée, whose edges do not reach to the edge of a banner or shield. The Cross Pattée is one of the oldest and most popular crosses which has been used during the Crusades, by the Knights Templar, and royalty. Many variations of this cross exist no doubt due to its age, popularity, and beauty. The feet of the cross are said to mimic a chalice, or in a few instances, candelabra.

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