Anchor cross

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Anchor cross
Anchor cross in the coat of arms of Bad Pyrmont
Anchor cross

The anchor cross is a cross symbol whose four arms of equal length (or both bars) taper off like an anchor. In terms of the basic shape, it is therefore a Greek cross . This shape is rarely used for crosses of the order. (Currently (2004): only Order of Malta : Cross of Merit, San Marino : Order of Saint Marinus ). The anchor cross was never used in the German orders until 1945.

In heraldry , the cross is a common figure and is also known as a wall anchor cross . The coat of arms of the city of Bad Pyrmont shows: "In silver a red anchor cross."

A cross is also referred to as an anchor cross, the longitudinal bar of which ends in the shape of an anchor.

The anchor is also a heraldic symbol for faith. Accordingly, the anchor cross (since 1920) has also been used as a logo by many Jungschar groups internationally.


  • Liturgical implements, crosses and reliquaries of the Christian churches . Systematic specialist dictionary. 2nd Edition. Walter de Gruyter, 1972, ISBN 978-3-11-150153-6 , p. 61 .

Web links

Commons : Anchor cross in the heraldry  collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Lexicon - anchor cross. In: Retrieved March 29, 2019 .
  2. What is the ABÖJ? In: Retrieved March 29, 2019 .