Jerusalem Cross

jerusalem cross, christian ancient symbol

The Jerusalem cross (also known as "Five-fold Cross", or "cross-and-crosslets") is a heraldic cross and Christian cross variant consisting of a large cross potent surrounded by four smaller Greek crosses, one in each quadrant. It was used as the emblem and coat of arms of the Kingdom of Jerusalem from the 1280s.

While the symbol of the five-fold cross appears to originate in the 11th century, its association with the Kingdom of Jerusalem dates to the second half of the 13th century.

Jerusalem cross picture the ancient symbolThe symbolism of the five-fold cross is variously given as the Five Wounds of Christ, Christ and the four evangelists, or Christ and the four quarters of the world.

The Jerusalem cross’ eye-catching design makes it a popular choice among those who are looking for a unique way to express their faith. It’s perfect for those searching for a cross that reminds them of Jesus’ connection to the Holy Land. The cross can be worn as a necklace, cuff links, or as a pin. Key rings, letter openers, and bookmarks adorned with the Jerusalem cross are just some ways to pay homage to the land where the roots of Christianity are buried.