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Cross of Lorraine

In history, wild card on February 1, 2012 at 9:39 am

The Cross of Lorraine (French: Croix de Lorraine) is originally a heraldic cross. The two-barred cross consists of a vertical line crossed by two smaller horizontal bars. In the ancient version, both bars were of the same length. In 20th century use it is “graded” with the upper bar being the shortest. The Lorraine name has come to signify several cross variations, including the patriarchal cross with its bars near the top.

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