Ancient Armenian Cross

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© Raje Esteban
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UploadedAugust 9, 2018
TakenMay 24, 2018
Exposure1/250 sec at f/6.4
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length23 mm
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Armenia was one of the earlier countries to accept Christianity. The Armenian Apostolic Church is the world's oldest national church. Sometime in the early 4th century, the Kingdom of Armenia was the first state to adopt Christianity as its official religion.

The Armenian Cross serves as an important symbol of Armenian national identity and unity. Also known as the Siroun (beautiful) Cross, it combines the Christian cross with floral design elements.

Armenian Crosses are recognizable by the distinctive 'wings'. The cross features double-tipped arms, making eight points. These eight points probably represent the eight beatitudes (‘Blessed are the poor, meek, merciful, clean of heart, etc.’). Alternative interpretations by ancient historians suggest the 4 ‘wings’ to represent Love (upper), Modesty (lower), Obedience (right), Patience (left).

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  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (9 Aug 2018):

    Beautiful shot and a perfect capture for the contest!

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (9 Aug 2018):

    a cool close-up!

  • teresa B

    teresa B   gave props (10 Aug 2018):

    Unique and very cool!

  • Paper Stars

    Paper Stars gave props (11 Aug 2018):

    I love shots like this, in which the photographer is compelled to hone in on one particular detail. Suggest it may also work in monotone?

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