Altar Crosses

Crucifixes that are specifically designed to be permanent adjuncts to the altar in a Roman Catholic church, traced back to at least the thirteenth century.

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29356
Names
altar crosses
altar cross
altar-crosses
croix d'autel French
croci d'altare Italian
croce d'altare Italian
cruces de altar Spanish
cruz de altar Spanish
crucifijo de altar Spanish
cruz del Santo Cerro Spanish
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Crucifixes that are specifically designed to be permanent adjuncts to the altar in a Roman Catholic church, traced back to at least the 13th century. They are prescribed to be placed at the middle of the altar between the candlesticks, of a size large enough to be conveniently seen by both the celebrant and the congregation.

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Bibliography

  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300262580. The J. Paul Getty Trust.