Jerusalem Cross (Crusader’s Cross)

The Jerusalem cross was the emblem of Templar Crusaders, and may have been the personal arms of Templar Godfrey de Bouillon.

The Jerusalem cross has four arms at equal distances, symbolizing the four directions, and the belief that Jerusalem was the spiritual center of the earth.

The more complex version of the symbol below represented the spread of Christ’s message through the four evangelists (Mathew, mark, Luke, and John), who are represented by the four additional crosslets.


Templar Knight wearing Crusader’s cross

Related Symbols:

RosecrossCross of Lorraine

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Raymond R Digilio SR P.H.D. June 1, 2016 at 6:07 am

I FOUND THIS TO BE OUTSTANDING. I SEEN THE EXXON SIGN DESIGN BY Raymond Loewy
Who was a freeMason i wish i was one. He has the two x as the cross of lorraine

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Meera August 2, 2015 at 12:26 pm

I found this as a pendant shinning on my parking lot. I just wanted to find out what this shape means . I am happy to learn that it belongs to Jerusalem Cross symbol. I am Hindu and I have a jewish friend. I feel happy to have my friend’s religion symbol caming to me this way!

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Zachary Tucker April 6, 2013 at 2:03 pm

I have a tattoo of the “complex” version on my right shoulder (the one with four additional crosslets). Got it in prison.

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Richard Semon April 19, 2014 at 11:46 pm

I got the same tattoo on the same place. For me represent a change in my life, a good change.

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