A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
023: Shaft Cross
When you walk or cycle around in Rhineland, you will meet several stone artifacts along the road. Many of them are crosses; these wayside crosses are called Shaft Crosses (schaftkreuze in German). They have a specific type of cross, the Latin or High Cross. Most of these cross monuments consist of the cross or crucifix itself. They are mostly made of sandstone, some of them are made of wood or metal. The cross is located above a shaft or column that is fixed to a foundation or base. Most of these shaft crosses can be found wayside, or near churches or cemeteries. The shaft cross in the photograph was found wayside, when walking around Freudenburg. It has a crucifix that you might associate it with a via sacra.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 1991-2001, 2017