photo stylisée d'une croix de type Crozant

The mysterious Crozant-type crosses

The mysterious Crozant-type crosses

Croix de Crozant stylisée

These 51 crosses found in the villages around Crozant are an enigma for historians.

They are difficult to date.

Their purpose is not obvious.

They all follow the same model, which seem to be of Byzantine inspiration, at the beginning of Christianisation.

They are « Greek crosses » with four equal parts (the lower part was buried). The upper and lower parts are "pattée" whilst the horizontal branches are straight.

This form is found in some crosses in other areas of France (Vexin, Haut-Maine, Brittany) and also in England and Bulgaria.

At the top of the crosses there is often a « cupule », a small depression carved in the stone. What was its role? This is still a mystery...

 

There are 51 of these mysterious Crozant type crosses for you to discover and to understand !

ASCTC, the Association for the Safeguarding of the Crozant Type Crosses, does everything possible to understand and preserve this heritage of the Creuse.

Discover the actions of the members of the association in the safeguarding of the Crozant crosses,

Discover in detail each of the Crozant crosses,

Partez à la découverte des croix de type Crozant à l’occasion de balades et randonnées préparées pour vous,

To understand the history and the origin of the Crozant crosses, follow the progress of the research and the preparation of the conference.

Colloque – 10 et 11 septembre 2022

Présentation du projet de colloque – table-ronde : « autour des Croix de Crozant », prévu les 10 et 11 septembre 2022, à Eguzon-Chantôme et Crozant.   La cinquantaine de croix du même type présente sur la rive gauche de la rivière La Creuse, entre Crozant et Eguzon-Chantôme continue à poser question : quelle datation, quel usage, pourquoi nulle part ailleurs en France n’existe-t-il autant de croix de ce type ? Le programme des journées n’est pas encore arrêté dans le détail, mais nous...

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