Conciliation crosses

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The cross in Miedzianka

 Carved out of stone, this mediaeval cross bears the word “MEMENTO” – “remember”. In the Middle Ages and during the early Renaissance monastic congregations used the greeting “MEMENTO MORI” – “remember that you’ll die” – the meaning of which was intended to remind one of the earthliness of life.

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The cross in Janowice Wielkie

This cross remained out of sight for a long time as it was built into the wall of the Church of the Assumption from the 15th century, and had been covered in a layer of plaster.

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Bukowiec Cross

Conciliation crosses are monolithic objects carved from a single block of stone, and were mainly made using local material (granite, basalt, conglomerate or sandstone). They were erected by murderers at the site of their crimes (most often secluded places in forests, by the roadside).

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