Bridgetomoscow. Main page
 
 

The Russian Orthodox cross

The Russian Orthodox cross The Russian Orthodox cross differs from the Western cross.The cross usually has three crossbeams, two horizontal and the third one is a bit slanted.

The top bar symbolizes the sign that was hung above the head of Christ, it was written: "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews"

The middle bar was where Christ's hands were nailed.

The lower bar is the foot-rest. According to the Russian Orthodox tradition the feet are depicted as being nailed not at one point but individually at the two sides of the footrest.

The slanted line reminds us of the two thieves on both sides of the cross. One of them to the right of Christ ascended to Heaven, while the other one sank to Hell. Thus bottom bar of the cross is like the scale of justice and its points show the way to the Hell and Heaven.

Another interesting fact is that the upper point of the slanted beam always show the way to the North. Thus a church cross can serve as a compass.

During your Moscow tours you'll see churches with other types of Orthodox crosses and your Moscow guide will talk about its symbolism.

 
Archive of Moscow Curious Facts
The escalator of Park Pobedy station
The Saviour Cathedral of the Adronikov Monastary
Children are the victims of adults' vices
Monument to Saints Cyril and Methodius
Medvedev and Putin
Editor’s choice
Dog sledding
Dog sledding is one of the winter activities you can experience in Russia.​
Husky tour
 
A Word A Day
царь-/tsa:r/- tsar
Practice Russian with your Moscow tour guide
 
Bridge The Time Gap
Red Square, Moscow, 1872
Red Square, Moscow, 1872
see how this place looks today
Learn the history with your Moscow tour guide
 
  © Bridgetomoscow, 2009 – 2017