"The Jerusalem Cross" Jerusalem Local Custom Tip by Manara

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The Jerusalem Cross is the heraldic symbol of the city. It consists of a large ?cross potent? or ?crutched cross? (a cross with crossbars at all the four ends) surrounded by four smaller crosses. The one you see in my picture is made of wood, but in the coat of arms of the city the crosses are gold on a silver background.
There are several hypotheses about the symbolism tied to this cross. Most agree in considering the four small crosses as symbols of the four Gospels. Some think that the eight points of the central cross symbolize the eight Beatitudes, some think that the five crosses together represent the five wounds of Jesus.

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  • Updated Sep 27, 2011
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