Papal Crosses

Crosses having three crossbars, with the longest near the middle and the two others above successively shorter (having a conifer-tree-like silhouette). The three bars represent the papal realms of authority: the church, the world, and heaven.

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3787
Names
papal crosses
papal cross
crosses, papal
crux papalis Latin
pope's crosses
popes' crosses
pauselijke kruisen Dutch
pauselijk kruis Dutch
croci papali Italian
croce papale Italian
croce pontificia Italian
croci pontificie Italian
croce a tripla traversa Italian
croci a tripla traversa Italian
cruces papales Spanish
cruz papal Spanish

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Crosses having three crossbars, with the longest near the middle and the two others above successively shorter (having a conifer-tree-like silhouette). The three bars represent the papal realms of authority: the church, the world, and heaven.

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Bibliography

  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300010076. The J. Paul Getty Trust.